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Magic Johnson buying Clippers? Donald Sterling forced to sell, so who knows?

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There's no way to FORCE him to sell.

Magic Johnson and his billionaire backers, the Guggenheim Partners, want a chance to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources told Yahoo Sports. "Magic's absolutely interested," one source closely connected to Johnson's business interests told Yahoo Sports on Sunday night.

I believe Magic is interested but Sterling would still have to agree.

Johnson and Guggenheim already own the Los Angeles Dodgers and the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, so it's not a far-fetched idea on his end. The sticking point, of course, is that the Clippers are owned by Sterling, who has not been looking to sell. The idea, apparently, is that the NBA and Sterling's fellow owners will look to punish him to the maximum extent possible under the league's bylaws, which, combined with the presumed impossibility of his ever again interacting credibly with players, coaches, or staff, could force a sale.

Sterling doesn't care if he's credible. He's always been a bad guy.

You're right.

"Whether that results in Johnson's purchase of the Clippers remains to be seen. Resolution, should the NBA try to oust Sterling, is a long way away. There would likely be litigation in that case, which would send an already-wounded franchise into an even deeper hole.

Sterling, whose past history of discrimination includes the largest housing discrimination settlement in history involving apartment rentals, has not been the type to lie down. Yet if Johnson were to purchase the Clippers, perhaps it could create a nice full-circle moment to this embarrassing black mark for the NBA."  (Really, Bleacher Report?  An "embarrassing black mark"?)

Great discussion of the atrocious Donald Sterling on Grantland:

He's been racist his whole life and a blight on the NBA since 1981.

The league put up with him for decades because not enough people were paying attention.

But now, if you "binge watch" his worst behavior of the last 33 years you realize just how bad he is.

He bought the Clippers for $12.5 million. His getting a billion from Magic Johnson for it isn't justice.

What I wish is that the league would nullify his team so he loses it all.

Ah but the other owners won't do that to him. Too bad.

The NBA has banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and is fining him $2.5 million -- the maximum fine allowed under the league's constitution -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said today. That ban would, among other things, keep Sterling from games, practices, and from going to Clippers facilities.

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