For some reason, I decided to open up the Sports section of today's Los Angeles Times to get more perspective on the Clippers fifth straight loss, this one coming against a Brand-less 76ers team. What I found, though, was one of the funniest quotes of all time from Donald Sterling. Per Lisa Dillman:
"Not one of my better nights," Sterling said in a brief chat with a couple of reporters in the corridor. "I don't take losing well."
It was hard for me to stop laughing after reading the afforementioned quote from probably the worst owner in professional sports. If he doesn't take losing well, than he sure has a hard time showing it. From what I can see, the product that he has put together doesn't take winning well. Since he's taken over the team in 1981, the team has never won 50 games in a season or made it past the second round of the playoffs. The team has only four playoff appearances (including one with a 36-46 record) .
Many people have argued that he's finally loosened up his wallet, which makes him a competent owner. However, I strongly disagree. Yes, the team has some talent now, but it sure hasn't translated into victories. The team is 8-23. I realize that there have been some key injuries, but by just watching this team anyone can tell that nobody (with the exception of Marcus Camby) really cares. Baron Davis hasn't led anything, except this team into the proverbial basement. I almost appreciate DTS' stingy days, because the Clippers had players who played hard, even though the results weren't there. With this team, Baron Davis has shown nothing but a disproportionate sense of entitlement. All he does is complain about calls he doesn't get or systems he's not in. If he were even worth half of the contract he signed this summer, he would suck it up and play basketball.
With the spending of money, DTS has really only exascerbated the problem. The Clipper attitude is still there, but now it is partnered with players who belive wins should just be handed to them based on their talent level. These guys don't realize that you have to fight for every win in the NBA. Just look at the Celtics. Yes, they're struggling right now, but they come out every game with an intensity that can't be matched by anyone else. You pair that with their talent level and you have yourself an NBA Championship. I am in no way comparing the Clippers to the Celtics, but it just goes to show that a certain attitude is needed to win, and the Clippers sorely lack that, especially from the man they brought in for that specific reason in Baron Davis.
They say that when a fish stinks, it stinks from the head. Well, we all know that the head of a professional sports franchise is the owner. Just like the rest of you, I'm putting a lot of blame on Dunleavy and Baron Davis. However, solving those problems would only cover up the real problem, which is the common denominator that every Clipper team since 1981 has had. Obviously, I'm talking about Donald Sterling. Sterling is a complete scumbag, though that part of his reputation does not get the attention that it deserves. The least he could do is put a competitive product on the floor.
Unfortunatly, I'm pretty sure that Donald Sterling was lying through his teeth in the quote above. What he was actually trying to say was that he has a love affair with losing.