Posted by Matt Moore
Donald Sterling is such a lovable, popular guy these days. In the same day that it was revealed his organization refused to help cover an assisant coach's prostate surgery following th revelation of cancer, Sterling testified in Elgin Baylor's wrongful termination suit against him that he had no knowledge of the NBA legend's career when he hired him.
From the Los Angeles Times:
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?"via Clippers owner Donald Sterling testifies he knew little of Elgin Baylor's career when he hired him - latimes.com.
"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."
Los Angeles Lakers' owner Jerry Buss is known to have introduced Sterling to the prospect of buying the Clippers and moving them from San Diego to L.A.. Based on that fact, it's reaching the point where a tax may need to be put in place on Buss for him to pay back the amount of blown potential revenue for the league had anyone else owned the Clippers.
How can you possibly own an NBA team and not know who Elgin Baylor is? What kind of gap in common knowledge has to stand between you and everyone else in your field to be ignorant of a legend in the endeavor you've taken on?
Sterling continues to embarrass the NBA at every turn, and David Stern continues to stand idly by and watch.