After the initial fallout stemming from Donald Sterling’s racist comments, it was clear that the NBA wanted nothing to do with him or his family. With the Sterlings getting forced out of the NBA, offers will come pouring in from suitors looking to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers.
Today, Sterling allowed his wife Shelly to negotiate the forced sale of the Clippers team. With that news many names have been thrown around about potential buyers from Magic Johnson all the way to Oprah Winfrey.
Recently, a dark horse candidate to purchase the Clippers has risen from the shadows of retirement:
Not to mention, there are multiple billionaire hedge fund guys you’ve never heard of now circling the team. Could be 10+ suitors in all.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 23, 2014
Yes, you read that correctly; Yao Ming is in the running to become the new Clippers owner according to ESPN analyst Bill Simmons.
The former No. 1 overall pick in 2002 has not been a part of the NBA since retiring in 2011 after multiple injury plagued seasons.
Yao does have some experience in the purchasing of Basketball franchises, but never an NBA franchise. Back in 2009, Yao bought his former team, the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association due to the team almost being ineligible to play because of financial constraints.