Now that Donald Sterling is going to allow his estranged wife Shelly to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, potential buyers are going to be lining up to own the team – the Clippers are in a giant market and have an excellent roster.
Sterling, of course, was recorded making racist comments against African Americans and the entire NBA has been in an uproar since. Sterling was quickly fined $2.5 million and was banned from the NBA for life. Early on, it looked like Sterling was going to fight as hard as he could to keep his team, but apparently finally realized it was a fight he could not win.
On Friday, a report surfaced that former Houston Rockets’ center Yao Ming was interested in buying the team.
Yao has since denied the report.
Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle has the scoop.
Former Rockets star Yao Ming said Friday’s ESPN report that he would attempt to put together a group to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers was the first he heard of the possibility of him being part of an effort to buy the franchise.
“I just heard about it in the morning my time,” Yao said Saturday via email. “I really don’t know where this news came from.”
Yao, who retired from the NBA in 2011, was an eight-time All-Star.