It's June 6th.. thats it? Is this all we get...?
Lets get real. Lebron James was never coming to sign on to Donald Sterling's Clippers. Personally, I would have lost respect for the Lebron James entourage had they allow him be owned by Donald Sterling's Clippers. With famous one liners "all the blacks in this building, they smell, they're not clean. And it's because of all of the Mexicans that just sit around and smoke and drink all day." I mean did you honestly think that close friend Jay-Z in confidence would suggest that if Lebron James doesn't sign with his Nets, he should go west to the Clippers?
The closest we were to landing James was when Lebron's manager Maverick Carter notified Clippers brass that Lebron would come if Donald Sterling sold 51% to David Geffen. In reality, when Donald said no to David Geffen and Mavericks request, that very moment, was when our "Big Summer Free Agency 2010" ended.
And I thought Donald Sterling was a business man? Selling half the Clippers actually would have made Donald a lot of money! Look at the math... If Donald Sterling's Clippers are currently worth $295 million and he sold 51% to David Geffen, Donald would net about $150 million. Now that Donald is 49% owner of a Clipper team that Lebron James plays for (based on Cavaliers current value at $476 million with Lebron) the Clippers value would stand to increase in value to about $525 million. Seeing that the Clippers are located in LA I added $50 million more than a market less Cleveland Cavalier team value . Post David Geffen purchase, Donald Sterling would stand to own half of a winning team valued at about $255 million plus $150 mill in the bank. Where else can you sell half of something and immediately see it double in price? I thought Donald loved money?... Or was that prostitutes and blowjobs?
Now what for clipper fans...
"Kyle Korver vs Mike Miller"
The frugal Clippers all of a sudden became tagged as "BIG SPENDERS" because they were prepared to spend $16,500,000 on Lebron James.... I honestly hope Andy Roser and Neil Olshey win the executive of the year award and GM of the year award for that one. I think the owner of the Reno Bighorns D-League team could tell you that he would have paid Lebron James $16.5 million. I think Tiger Woods would have paid Lebron James $16.5 million a year to be his caddy. Hell, I think the f#cking LA Dodgers probably would have paid Lebron $16,500,000 a year to play 2nd base!!! I mean isn't the whole point of aiming high, is to land somewhere in the middle and not end up in the bottom again. Look at the New York Knick's recent free agent moves. They realized they weren't going to get Lebron early on so they went on to the next best available. No they didn't go out and try and sign Mike Miller, Amir Johnson, Hakim Warrik or Jared Jeffries. Instead they went for the next best thing and signed Amare Stoudamire. I'm sorry but right now I would take Amare Stoudamire over anyone on the Clippers roster. INCLUDING BLAKE GRIFFIN.
To all of you "fan-posters" that blog in your complaints about over spending and how Paul Pierce isn't worth $61 million, Joe Johnson isn't worth $120 million, Rudy Gay isn't worth $80 million... WHAT THE F#CK DO YOU CARE? IT'S NOT YOUR MONEY. Until our team achieves a better record with a lower salary, you can't talk. Ask the Boston Celtic season ticket holders if they didn't mind paying a 25% raise in ticket prices because they decided to "over-pay" a banged up Kevin Garnett, an overweight Paul Pierce, a bad attitude Rajon Rondo, or an over-the-hill Ray Allen? I'm sure they forgot about the price-hike somewhere between the 2008 NBA Championship and this last June finals. Same with the Orlando Magic. They paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million in salary which surely translated to an influx of season ticket prices. (I envy other NBA team owner's ego and hunger of winning) As a Clipper season ticket holder of 11 years. I will obviously/definitely pay more for Orlando like results. Hell I would still pay more if we get knocked out of the first round of playoffs!
Six months from now sitting in my seats looking up at a losing score of 75 to 105 , the thing I'll dread most, is knowing that we had a chance to walk down a serious path of signing Lebron James. Thank you Donald for sticking to mediocrity; and to the last of you clipper fans... Kyle Korver or Mike Miller?