Magic Johnson Says ‘Of Course’ Owning Clippers Is The Right Situation

Magic Johnson Says ‘Of Course’ Owning Clippers Is The Right Situation


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In the aftermath of the Donald Sterling scandal, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers could be forced to sell the franchise after being banned for life by the NBA. There will be a lot of hurdles ahead in terms of the Clippers officially being up for grabs, but plenty of interested parties have come forward in the meantime.

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One of those interested parties appears to still be Magic Johnson and the Guggenheim Partners. Magic tried to put an end to the rumors that he was interested in buying the Clippers on Twitter earlier this week, but then said the following at the Milken Global Conference on Wednesday according to Ben Bergman of 89.3 KPCC:

“I will be owning an NBA team sometime,” Johnson told a gathering of business leaders Wednesday at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills. “Is the Clippers the right situation? Of course. It’s one of the premiere franchises.”

Magic becoming an NBA owner after successfully taking over the Los Angeles Dodgers seems to be a foregone conclusion as he basically suggests. Johnson continued to insinuate being interested and that the fans want it to happen via 89.3 KPCC:

“I think the fans have already spoken,” Johnson said. “They would like us to own the team. But we have to wait and see.”

At this point in time, the Clippers are still own by Sterling and may be for quite some time. NBA commissioner Adam Silver let it be known that he’ll be doing everything within his power to force the sale of the team during the press conference to announce the lifetime ban, but reports of Sterling being reluctant have surfaced according to Kevin Armstrong of the New York Daily News:

Donald Sterling won’t go down without a fight, according to an NBA executive who is close to the disgraced owner of the Clippers, and will sue the league if the other 29 owners vote to force him to sell.

With the future still uncertain for the Clippers, Magic and his partners will likely be paying close attention to the way things pan out in Los Angeles.

Other notable celebrities that have shown interest in buying the Clippers are Oprah Winfrey, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Sean “Puffy” Combs to name a few.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Bans Clippers Owner Donald Sterling For LIFE

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  • kobe24

    Man I don’t know what to think about Magic if he owns the clippers. Sure hes part of the Guggenheim investment but stilll…he is an iconic symbol of the Lakers but then hes part owner of the CLIPPERS? weird…

  • Jim213

    Unfortunately there’s only so much space within the Lakers organization. Business is business but IMO if Magic ends up becoming part owner he won’t be the only former Laker to work within that organization IMO.

    Recent reports mention that Lebron also considered playing for the Clippers (close friends w/CP3) but shot them down given Sterling history.

  • JohnSmith00

    I think someone needs to send a memo to the majority of these interested buyers that these are the Clippers NOT the Lakers. Magic especially needs to stop acting like some spoiled heiress who’s trying to teach dad or grandad a lesson by buying everything in sight because she didn’t get her way.

    Also I don’t know what delusions of grandeur any of these buyers might have but it’s only a matter of time before the CP3-Griffin era ends and Clippers are back to being in the Lakers shadow.

    It’s kind of funny how if the Clippers are sold they would go for over a billion when just a few years ago they were the laughing stock of the NBA and each of these perspective buyers would no sooner have considered buying a minor league team than buying the Clippers.

    • ra

      you bring up a good point. Clips are on top now, and the franchise is worth more that it ever was, and maybe more than it will ever be. Sterling would be smart to leave with his tail between his legs, and cash in on the Clips while it’s prime real estate now. Good reason for him to leave.

  • Lakers4Life

    Is Magic the spokesman for the Gugg family or something? It’s a bit funny seeing all this attention given to him when it’s actually the Gugg family who’s going to be paying a majority of the purchase if it ever happens. Magic will only own a small fraction of the team and yet he acts like he’s going to be the sole, main owner.

    • Robert J. Carmack

      @Lakers4life & Jim smith… Its thinking like that is silly.. the same this was said to Al Davis when he managed the partnership & wound up owning the Raiders lock stock & barrel…You don;t have to have all the money to make a Boat load… Did you know that away from Guggenheim money, Magic is worth over a half Billion alone.?? don’t get it twisted. sweat equity goes a long way.. obviously you not a biz wiz… its Biz 101?????

    • ra

      Magic is ‘indeed’ the face of the partnership. When they bought the Dodgers, Magic’s ‘presence’ helped them get over the top – there were several ‘suitors’ for the Dodgers, but they wanted to have Magic as part of the organization. It means as much (or more) as the $$$.

  • Guest

    This year the Clippers have:

    1. Covered up our championship banners for their home games
    2. Become the best team in LA, once again
    3. Placed balloons over our statues
    4. Increased their fan base, due to Chris Paul’s arrival (bandwagon)

    If the Lakers don’t do something:

    1. LA could become a Clippers town
    2. Magic Johnson owning the Clippers
    3. Clippers taking down our statues for their home games and replacing them with Cliff Paul and Blake Griffin statues
    4. Lakers becoming the old Clippers (little brother team in LA)

    • Lakers Rise Again

      You are overreacting. It’s been only 4 seasons since the last title season. With a fresh coach and a fresh first round pick, the franchise will bounce back in no time.

      • Guest

        A little sarcasm on my part, but I hope you’re right

    • Robert J. Carmack

      Part 1 all happened.. So What! the rest is Lunacy!

    • ladymaniacg

      No way that will ever happen.

  • Mathias

    It’s all a bit fishy that magic was reportedly aggressively trying to buy the lakers, then he’s involved in this sterling scandal and then he’s a lead candidate to buy the clips off sterling. Glad sterling was found out and forced to sell but really hope magic can’t buy the team. I wouldn’t be 100% against the clips relocating to Seattle as the sonics, the whole franchise was built by an evil racist bastard.

    • Chrmngblly

      What’s wrong with evil racist bastards? You aren’t prejudiced against them are you? Now that the Black Man has it so easy, you have to remember that some of our brothers have been left behind, like evil racist bastards. Those poor devils….

  • corky carroll

    COME ON MAGIC….. you are a LAKER

    • Chrmngblly

      I wish the Buss family would remember that. They are just clinging on to their JOBS as though they were qualified to be in their positions. The Busses are not the best money could buy at any of their jobs.

    • Doc

      So was Elgin Baylor, lifetime Laker, Hall of Famer and the Clippers GM for over 20 years. Magic will always be Showtime, just as Elgin was the MJ of his era. Jerry West works for GS Warriors, no uproar there either.
      It will never take anything away from what he accomplished as a Laker…..

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  • Bangwi Agpaoa

    you know the sterling will just transfer ownership to a family member. Selling it would tax Sterling around 200 million more compare to just transferring ownership. We all know he probably has an army of lawyers and other Team owners are probably on his side at least in the business side of things