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Doc Rivers, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin Respond To Donald Sterling's Interview


(AllHipHop News) The Los Angeles Clipper are in the position to go up 3-2 in their best-of-7 series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they took some time to address Donald Sterling’s interview on CNN last night (May 13th).

Rivers previously stated that he would reconsider continuing to coach the Los Angeles Clippers if any of the Sterling members remained in ownership. Following the Sterling’s interview on CNN, Rivers revealed to ESPN that he will “stand by Magic ever day of the year” and Sterling’s interview “doesn’t sound like much of an apology to me.” Interestingly enough, Rivers later said he was not looking for an apology:

I wasn’t looking for him to say anything. I’ve been asked a hundred times: ‘Do you accept the apology?’ I wasn’t looking for him to say anything. I’m not looking for an apology or anything. Right now I’m focused on our guys and being above all that. That’s fine; he’s going to keep doing what he does. We have to keep doing our jobs, though.

During his interview with Anderson Cooper, Donald Sterling remarked that all of the Los Angeles Clippers’ players loved him. Chris Paul was a bit puzzled by Sterling’s statement:

I don’t know about all that. I love my wife, my kids, my family and my teammates

Blake Griffin elaborated further on Paul’s statement:

Throughout the past two weeks we’ve tried to make it as much not about that and not about what’s going on with him. If you ask every single guy on this team, they’ll say they love their family, they love their teammates and that’s who we’re playing for and that’s really the bottom line.

 

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  • John Q. Public

    wish they woulda just said, “Hell no, I don’t love that mother*cker!”

    • Sean Taylor

      That just goes to show you they’re about the money and too scared to speak their mind.

      #puppets

  • Leave this Sterling guy alone…He is actually right…Magic went and sleep with tons of women and after he contracted HIV then it humbled him into helping other people…So if Magic didn’t have HIV then he would still be a loose cannon….Point is Sterling has done lots more than Magic based on the fact that he does own the clippers and they do provide millions of dollars to each player on the team for many years, without being forced, due to a tragic situation like contracting HIV.

    • 5% Hov

      FOH

      Magic put over 10,000 of kids through school. personally built 18…. WIGGA

      • True, but he did this AFTER he contracted HIV, which made him that humble person that he is today……What did Magic do for his people before he got infected? He was busy smashing your mothers, sisters, and daughters.

      • Corelli

        First off, ball players back in the 80s weren’t getting paid like these athletes are today. In the 80s, Magic had all kinds of foundations in Lansing, Michigan, still does. I guess your mother was busy getting smashed, so you weren’t yet born or old enough to know what Magic was doing pre-HIV.

      • Money is money doesn’t matter how much…The NBA was even more racist back then, and black guys were still happy to receive a check…You seem to be getting upset, it’s showing a sign of weakness from you…At the end of the day we live in a world where the whole team can walk off, but they choose not to…You come back with insults and not facts.

      • 5% Hov

        u ignorant fool.

        sorry the delay. just been going thorugh some shit…..

        btw, you are still wrong.

      • You and your followers are only looking at the smaller picture.”Magic put over 10,000 of kids through school. personally built 18″ he would not be able to do that without being signed to the NBA..The bigger picture here is that without so called “racist” people like Sterling, there would be no Magic Johnson. Period

      • Corelli

        You are looking at the smaller picture… If so called “racist” people like Sterling weren’t racist, people like Magic Johnson wouldn’t have had to depend on so called “racist” people like Sterling to gain success, it would have been fair and equal opportunity all the way around to begin with.

      • But it’s not fair all the way around, we live in the real world where things are not perfect….Some white people are racist just as much as some black people are racist.

      • hitman619

        You mean the same Donald sterling that constantly cut cost while owning the Clippers?
        The same Donald Sterling Slum Lord that ran the clippers like he ran his slum Apartment buildings in LA.
        The Knicks ownership is better than this clown. Make no mistake about who im attacking. I’m attacking Donald Sterling’s record as being the worst owner in the history of organized sports , not the senile racist. If you want to give credit to owners, Give credit to Doctor Jerry Buss, Mark Cuban, George Steinbrenner Ect…

      • SBRon

        NO, without black players, there’d be no NBA, PERIOD!! And, if there was, it wouldn’t be worth anywhere near what it is today, in LARGE part due to said black players!! Getcha mind rite…

      • 5% Hov

        i feel ya. sorry the delay. just been going thorugh some shit…..

        btw, you are still wrong.

    • Corelli

      Magic has also provided millions of minorities with employment with his Starbucks, movie theaters, and other business ventures he has around the world, especially in LA and in Michigan. As far as having AIDS, who wouldn’t be humbled after contracting that disease. Magic has done more for minorities just with his success, than Sterling has done with all his money.

      • But still, would Magic be so humble if he didn’t contract the virus?…Sterling has owned that team for years, which contributed to the same money that hired Magic through the NBA…If you understand what I am saying then, the same racist green dollars that was generated from Sterling is the same funds that made Magic successful and also the same funds that “Magic also put millions of minorities employment with his Starbucks,
        movie theaters, and other business ventures he has in LA and in Michigan”.

      • Corelli

        Don’t understand what point you are trying to make, with those same racist green dollars, you are able to eat everyday, buy clothes to put on your back, type these words on your computer. At least Magic was HUMBLE enough to give back to his community, and find ways to provide other job opportunities than just playing basketball, when guys like Sterling wouldn’t.

      • Okay, fine you don’t understand what I am saying, so lets just agree to disagree.

      • “The money don’t know where it came from!”

      • hitman619

        Yes I think he would have. You must be a Young Buck because you may be too young to understand that Magic Johnson has aways been larger than life in the AA community( not as much as kareem but still out there) In last contract with the lakers (before his HIV) he was given part ownership of the Lakers.

    • chiboy773

      TF that gotta do with Sterling thinking he is a slave owner. What magic did over 20 years ago has nothing to do with this

      • Maybe he is thinking that he is a slave owner but, this time around millions of dollars, sponsors and fame is the compensation, and I am sure there are tons of black guys that would sign a contract with Sterling without thinking about it. #justsaying

      • wjk2109

        News flash, all those flashy sponsors left

  • Sean Taylor

    “Rivers previously stated that he would reconsider continuing to coach
    the Los Angeles Clippers if any of the Sterling members remained in
    ownership.”

    The same way Magic said he would never attend a Clippers game as long as Sterling is the owner, yet was at the Clippers game a few days back.

    FOH w/ that b.s. talk.

    • The worse thing about it is that Sterling and Magic were good friends at some point, so he knows more about Magic Johnson than the charities that most people only seem to know about.

    • John Q. Public

      Magic was fraud for sayin he wouldn’t go to clippers games anymore, then went to the next 1.

      But I actually believe Doc. His house burned down by racists (with his dogs inside) when he played for the Spurs. Hes was always a tough player and a stand-up coach. Ill take his word.

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  • Ryan Cole

    The players talk that good shit, but they’re not about taking some real action. For all this dislike of Sterling, he still signs their checks, and none of the players are refusing it. I actually want this exile to drag out into next season just to see if the players actually do something about it.

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  • Phatt Killah

    They way they blew that game last night..smh!!

  • Elayorx El

    Sorry to say this, but the Clippers are not coming out of this series, and I’m not saying that because of what happened last night. The NBA wants this to go away, at least for the rest of this season. That can’t happen if the Clippers are still making progress, maybe making it all the way to the WCF. Interesting comments by Dior below, but truthfully, I don’t know many with long money, that are not in it for some sort of benefit to themselves. Giving back should be like paying it forward, where there is no tax break, windfall, return on “investment”, or anything resembling. When I do something for someone, that’s it. I don’t expect anything back, so with this reasoning, based upon the overall actual construct of our lives, as the old saying goes, “It’s just business, never personal”. I swear, we would do well to just have our children forego middle/high school, and let the bulk of those years be spent learning about business, since that’s what primarily makes up everything anyway. It’s the system, more so than the people involved.