How to Turn This Negative into a Positive
A landmark statement on behalf of Adam Silver will be made here shortly. Undoubtably every single word will dissected by pundits to the point where I will probably turn off ESPN for a few days. Hopefully Silver's sanctions will be heavy and I hope that it includes a indefinite suspension so they have more time to assess their options. I heard on Freddie Coleman's excellent radio show that there is a provision in the NBA constitution in regards to owners that could terminate Sterling's ownership. The wording was somewhat broad but it was something to the effect of his lack of an ability to competently do his duties could have arisen from this and if that is the case, this violation could result in a vote from the Board of Govenors (all the owners) and two-thirds majority could terminate Sterling's ownership. I doubt they have had to time to set that up and surely Sterling would get some scumbag lawyers on the case. Regardless of the outcome, this has become a major black eye for the association but I do think there is a way to turn this around:
-disband the Clippers. This way Sterling can't make a buck off a sale and the players are freed from their contracts. I realize the side effects from such a move will be unfortunate in terms of the ending of a potential great team and the loss of jobs within the franchise but the Clippers have been a stain on the league for over 35 years. Sterling has the worst winning percentage of any owner in ALL MAJOR SPORTS during his tenure! To erase their existence would not be such a bad thing.
- since there will be a void, award Seattle with a new franchise. Don't move the players, team, organization or Clippers stink, just give them an expansion team. This would create a good feeling and good will by bringing back one of the best NBA fan bases and bringing some fresh blood and passionate owners into the fold. This would start Silver's tenure with a bang, especially correcting a massive mistake by his predecessor and would endear him to many basketball fans. This move would also create a new storyline to follow that would at least distract a little from this disturbing situation.
There are other points to be made here but those are the two main things I would like to see. Along with the Seattle move, since the Supersonics would currently have Durant and Westbrook if Clay Bennett wasn't a POS, they should be allowed to choose one or two players from the Clips or get one player and the number one pick in this draft as well as the expansion draft. This would be fair compensation as they would not have start with a completely bare cupboard. What a core Blake and Jabari would be, or CP3 and Embiid! Again, this just an idealistic proposition from a fan with no real influence but I think this would be an amazing outcome from what has been a terrible situation. welcome. The other problem is unfortunately that this old f*** probably won't go down without a fight and could make this a lengthy process if the NBA were to take this type of route. We will see in about an hour where this is headed and will hopefully begin to bring some closure to this bs. Thoughts or suggestions are very welcome.
I posted this on Facebook too. Take the Clippers to Seattle. Seattle would pay big money for the team especially one featuring Chris Paul, Blake, and DeAndre Jordan. Bring the Supersonics name back.
THEN I would retire the Clippers name. I mean the Clippers ARE Donald Sterling. So put that name on the scrap heap along with the Bobcats.
Clippers should not go to Seattle. Why would you move Blake Griffin ( the poster boy for dunking) and CP3(the best pg in the NBA out of such a huge market in LA? The clippers have been terrible since day one and now that they are finally good enough to compete for a championship you think they should be moved? Every one knows the NBA looks better when the Knicks are winning becuse they are in New York, and the same is for Los Angeles so having the Clippers be good to cover up for the Lakers sucking is a good thing.
Seattle is also one the biggest markets for the NBA. The stink and constant futility of the Clips at this point is not worth keeping them in LA based on market size. And the NBA would look better by giving Seattle a team back and correcting what was a super ugly situation.