Jackson Blames Sterling for Clippers Woes

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Jackson Blames Sterling for Clippers Woes

There's been more talk than ever of a "Clipper Curse" after this week's announcement that No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin would undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee. But Lakers coach Phil Jackson would rather attach a face to the Clippers' long history of misfortune: the visage of owner Donald Sterling.

Yeah, he went there. Somehow he managed to take a swipe at the Clippers' owner while blending Buddhism and Judaism without any more of a lead-in than a reporter asking, "Do you believe in curses?"

"I don't," Jackson said before the Lakers played the Clippers Friday night. "I'm of that generation that believes in karma. I do think there is karma in effect, ultimately. But I can't proclaim anybody else's karma. That's their own making. If you do a good mitzvah [a Jewish term for an act of kindness], maybe you can eliminate some of those things. You think Sterling's done enough mitzvahs?"

Another reporter replied that Sterling is a major humanitarian (at least if you believe the ads Sterling has placed in the Los Angeles Times over the years).

"Yeah, but how about all those other incidents?" Jackson said.

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