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Lebron James Said He Would Not Sign With The LA Clippers In 2010 Because Of Donald Sterling

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(AllHipHop News) Imagine the highlight monopoly a team with Lebron James and Blake Griffin would have on the game of basketball. That may have been a fantasy of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling a few years back; one that Lebron James quickly destroyed.

Before Lebron James shattered Cleveland Cavilers fans back in the summer of 2010 with “The Decision”, James was a free agent testing the NBA waters. In an interview with ESPN, multibillionaire music and film mogul David Geffen informed ESPN’s David Schapp that James informed him that the Clippers were one of his potential choices, if not for their owner being Sterling. Geffen did not explicitly state why James refused to play for Sterling, vaguely remarking, “the reasons are pretty clear.”

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Less than a year before Lebron James entered free agency in 2010, Sterling paid out $2.75 million in a housing discrimination settlement where he was accused of evicting and not renting to individuals based on their race. Yesterday (April 30th), James spoke about NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s decision to ban Sterling from the NBA for life for the first time:

We’re fighting to get an owner out of our league who shouldn’t be a part of our league. No matter how long it takes, no matter how much money it costs, we need to get him out of there — and whoever is associated with him doesn’t belong in our league.

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