Los Angeles Clippers: Dick Parsons

Sterling litigation could cause 'death spiral'

July, 22, 2014
7/22/14
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LOS ANGELES -- It sounded more like the title of a horror film than a projection for next season.

As Dick Parsons, the interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers, testified in state court Tuesday about the uncertain future of the team, he outlined an accelerated "death spiral" for the Clippers if Donald Sterling were to remain the owner.

"If none of your sponsors want to sponsor you," Parsons said. "And your coach doesn't want to coach for you and your players don’t want to play for you, what do you have?"

Parsons wasn’t just hypothesizing about losing sponsors, coaches and players if Sterling remained the owner. He testified that he has talked to many of the parties involved and they have told him their commitment to the team is only as strong as the team’s commitment to moving forward without Sterling.

"We're in so long as Donald Sterling is out," Parsons said when describing his conversation with several sponsors that have yet to commit to the team for the upcoming season.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Blake Griffin
PTS AST STL MIN
22.8 5.0 0.9 35.5
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsD. Jordan 13.5
AssistsC. Paul 9.6
StealsC. Paul 1.9
BlocksD. Jordan 2.5