The Donald Sterling saga just isn’t going away. The disgraced former Los Angeles Clippers owner keeps making the headlines for being a full on mental case and his $1billion dollar lawsuit against the NBA has stopped Steve Ballmer from completing his mammoth takeover deal of the Clippers to be the new owner in town at Lob City.
Wider Societal Issues
For Kobe Bryant however, the whole sorry episode and it’s lasting legacy wasn’t just damaging to the Clippers and their players but to the league as a wider whole and the trust players place in their higher ups.
“Players are far more in tune with owning themselves,” Bryant said in an interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne.
“When [Sterling] said that, it cut deep into the spirit of progression for us. Sterling’s point of view was horrible not only for the human race but also for the small world that touches so many globally through this game we call basketball. He stunted equality and black-eyed every owner of every business where the majority of his employees are minorities.”
No Owner Trust
There was one certain quote however that the league will be looking to address. “He hurt our trust in owners as a whole,” the LA Lakers star said, which is something that definitely needs to be looked at and shouldn’t just be brushed under the carpet.
Kobe isn’t the only NBA star to stand up against Sterling. LeBron James came out publicly and called for NBA commissioner Adam Silver to get him out of the league, whilst the Clippers players staged their own sort of silent protest during the playoffs.
After an injury ravaged 2013 season in which he spent near enough all of his time sitting on the sidelines, Bryant looks set to get his feet firmly back on the hardwood next year and start paying back some of that mammoth $48million pounds the Lakers have paid him for what look possibly being the final two years of his career if the injury problems keep up.
Lord knows the Lakers need Bryant, they were absolutely awful in his absence and it comes as no surprise that the 15 time All-Star refused to talk to his teammates because of their shoddy performances.