From the day I was born until I graduated high school, I lived in six different places. The longest stop was a stint from August 2000 to January 2007 in Orange County, Calif., which lies about halfway between Los Angeles to the north and San Diego to the south.
While there, I developed an interest in sport that has brought me to where I am today. I attended Games 1, 2 and 7 of the 2002 World Series at Angels Stadium and a number of Los Angeles Lakers games, playoffs and the Kobe-Shaq Era included.
But a memory that came to mind when I heard about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s comments regarding blacks and former Laker Magic Johnson—if the voice on the tape published by TMZ is actually his—was reading stories as a teenager about how the longtime Los Angeles Clippers’ owner refused to rent the
Rivers said the strong opinions weren’t limited to the black players.
“J.J. Redick was just as pissed as Chris Paul and that’s the way it should be,” Rivers said after the team’s practice Saturday, which coincidentally took place at the University of San Francisco.
Bill Russell played at USF before his days as Boston Celtic, where he won 11 championships and became the league’s first black superstar. As a San Francisco Don, Russell was a member of teams that were the first to play three black players in the starting lineup, next to winning 55 games in a row in the midst of two national championships in 1955 and 1956.
As a person, Donald Sterling is entitled to think however he wants, say whatever he wants and like whoever he wants. But Sterling and his ignorant, racist opinions have no place today in a league whose success has been predicated on black athletes such as Russell, Michael Jordan and now LeBron James.