We all thought Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling had turned the corner from the ugly days. The days when he used to heckle his own players during games. The days when he didn’t take care of the people in his organization. The days when he’d accuse the best player he’s ever had of manipulating the front office decisions. The days of being the absolute laughingstock of the league and not giving a hoot, as long as he was saving and banking.
The seemingly renewed version of him has been flexing his wallet since the arrival of Chris Paul, and hasn’t been shy about adding the type of pieces that help win championships. Never too late to change, right? But then we get this gem of a story below, where he manages to humiliate the best coach he has ever had almost immediately after acquiring him.
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Sterling nearly blew up the deal involving Eric Bledsoe, J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley back in July. Mysteriously, he came back around, perhaps realizing that his questionable decision-making could cost him a lot more than Bledsoe. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports has details of this bizarre, yet not-surprising event:
In the early afternoon hours of July 3, owner Donald Sterling called Los Angeles Clippers president Andy Roeser and informed him he had rescinded approval on moving Eric Bledsoe and acquiring free agent J.J. Redick in a sign-and-trade agreement. The three-team deal – delivered the owner’s blessing only two days earlier – no longer interested Sterling.
Call it off, Sterling instructed Roeser, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
It didn’t matter the news had broken 24 hours earlier of the Clippers sending Bledsoe and Caron Butler to the Phoenix Suns with the Suns’ Jared Dudley and Milwaukee’s Redick, on a four-year, $27 million contract, joining Los Angeles. It didn’t matter the public had been praising Doc Rivers’ first deal as the new senior vice president of basketball operations and coach, that Rivers and general manager Gary Sacks had given their word to teams, agents and players that this was a finalized agreement.