Sunday 22 January 2017

Clippers come alive as curse of Sterling lifted

Michael McCarthy

Published 07/05/2014 | 02:30

Donald Sterling
Donald Sterling

Last week, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist comments caught on tape brought the NBA more mainstream international attention than it has had in years. It all culminated in NBA commissioner Adam Silver taking the necessary but bold step to ban Sterling for life and basically take away his right to own the team.

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The Clippers have long been the laughing stock of the NBA and a byword for failure in American sports. In the 32 years Sterling has owned the team, they've consistently been one of the worst franchises in basketball, a notable achievement in a league that promotes parity with a strong salary cap.

Highly rated players signed there and were immediately struck down with career-threatening injuries. Sportswriters talked of a curse – the Clipper Triangle.

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