The big question hanging over the head of the Los Angeles Clippers now that the NBA is looking to force Donald Sterling to sell his team is “who will be the team’s next owner?”
NBA legend Magic Johnson is believed to be a potential buyer, but there is another former athlete who is interested in owning a piece of the team.
Late Tuesday night, boxing great and President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De La Hoya said he would be very interested in becoming part of a group that would buy the Clippers. De La Hoya already has a statue outside of the Staples Center, so he could be an even bigger part of the history of the venue if he can purchase the Clippers and help take them to a level of success Sterling was never able to reach.
“The league has made it known that it wants more minorities involved, and as a proud Mexican-American, I will bring a different perspective to the NBA in general, and the Clippers in particular,” said De La Hoya in a statement.
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I know what it takes to run a successful sports entity and nothing would make me happier than to bring an NBA Championship home to Southern California sports fans.”
Another big reason for De La Hoya’s interest in the team is becoming a part of a big change.
“I applaud NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for his quick and decisive action regarding in the Donald Sterling situation, and his forward thinking will push the league toward a positive future,” he added.
“There is no room for racism and unfair treatment in any professional sport, or in life in general. I hope to be a part of positive change for the league.”
De La Hoya has had plenty of success as a promoter, so if he wants to become an owner of an NBA franchise it would certainly be something interesting to see.
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