Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 at 8:35 am  |  12 responses

Donald Sterling: ‘I Don’t Profess to Know Anything About Basketball’

Despite his considerable shortcomings as an NBA team owner and, um, human being in general, you gotta give Donald Sterling this: he keeps it 100% real, all the time. The latest, via the LA Times: “Clippers owner Donald Sterling testified Tuesday about his past deep loyalty and trust for former executive Elgin Baylor despite an admission by the owner that he wasn’t completely clear about the NBA legend he appointed vice president of player personnel in 1986. ‘You didn’t know about his basketball career?’ Baylor attorney Carl Douglas asked Sterling in his first day on the stand as Baylor’s wrongful termination civil lawsuit against the team continued at a Los Angeles courthouse. ‘His accomplishments? The Hall of Fame?’ ‘No,’ Sterling answered. ‘I didn’t know that. I hired him for $3,000 a month. I didn’t really know what his role was … He was working in a mail-order company back then.’ … When asked about a Baylor predecessor, Sterling said the name Carl Scheer ‘sounds familiar.’ He added, ‘I don’t profess to know anything about basketball. I’m a professional lawyer.’ As for what he recalls about Baylor taking over basketball matters, the owner said, ‘[Baylor] … ultimately made $500,000 a year. Somewhere in between, he assumed that role.’”

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  • T-Money

    3K a month? Dang.

  • Knowsitall

    Doanld Sterling is definitely grimmey but on the other hand, I don’t like Elgin Baylor either. When I was 7, I asked him for an autograph at the Wooden Classic, he looked at me like I was crazy then proceeded to ignored me! Give that man nothing!

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    How on earth did this man end up owning a basketball team? He is a jerk!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Sterling is a liar. This is clearly a lie.

  • burnt_chicken

    this is old and bitter news.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    500,000 a year….3k a month…how the hell is this possible.

  • http://bulls.com airs

    500,000 a year…3k a month. how the hell is this possible.

  • Riggs

    is it bad to wish harm on a team JUST so he can sell it?

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    I a perfect world, people like Don Sterling wouldn’t be able to own sports franchises

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    why do you think so, allenp?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    How could Donald NOT have known who Elgin Baylor was, and his accomplishments… they would have been on his resume`.

  • trey james

    personally i dont think donald sterling should own a team, or even with his attitude a car, but this much can be admitted, the man has money and speaks his mind no matter what. as far as sir elgin baylor goes theres no possible way he was gettin only 3k a month nd made 500,000 a yr. that has to b bonuses or sumthin. donald, please sell your share to somebody who gives a damn. let arnold schwartzenegger by them. at least then we can laugh at another bad choice of his