Leading Off: It’s Magic Johnson over Sterling in a TKO

Published: Thursday, May. 15, 2014 - 11:27 pm

The NBA should encourage Donald Sterling to do more interviews, to speak from the gut. The more the Clippers’ beleaguered owner opens his mouth and spews hate and disgust, the quicker he seals his fate to the NBA board of governors that wants to oust him.

Sterling has emerged as sports’ most venomous villain. His attacks on Magic Johnson, perhaps the most beloved sports figure in Los Angeles (along with Vin Scully), continue to reveal his true colors.

Sterling has made the Maloofs seem more bearable.

It was a year ago this week that the NBA blocked the Maloofs’ attempt to sell the Kings to a group that intended to move the team to Seattle. The Maloofs, once the darlings of the NBA owners, became the league’s public enemy No. 1.

That title now belongs to Sterling, and his franchise will suffer if he doesn’t depart soon.

In his interview with Anderson Cooper that aired on CNN on Monday, Sterling came across as uneducated, bitter and out of touch. A day later on the same program, Johnson came across as eloquent, insightful and poised.

Magic won by TKO.

Sterling has one chance to save face. He can apologize, sell the Clippers, donate hundreds of millions to charity and take the advice he gave Johnson: Go into the background.

And then go away.

– Joe Davidson


What to watch

Baseball, Miami at Giants, 7:15 p.m., Ch. 31: Yusmeiro Petit will start in place of Tim Hudson, who was scratched because of a strained left hip.

Today’s poll

Who is the most-reviled team owner of all time?

• Al Davis, Raiders

• Bob Irsay, Colts

• Maloof brothers, Kings

• Marge Schott, Reds

• George Steinbrenner, Yankees

• Donald Sterling, Clippers

• Other

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Thursday’s poll results

If the Kings land the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, whom should they pick?

• Joel Embiid: 23%

• Dante Exum: 3%

• Jabari Parker: 30%

• Julius Randle: 8%

• Andrew Wiggins: 21%

• Trade the pick: 12%

• Other: 3%

Total votes: 272

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