March 8, 2003
I have a sinking feeling. The Clippers remind me of the Titanic just before it hit the iceberg. Firing Alvin Gentry is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as it was going down. As long as Donald Sterling is owner of the Clippers, their disastrous journey is sure to continue on its destructive path. That is, unless Dennis Johnson is a magician. Joe Lyou Gardena Alvin Gentry wasn't fired because he was too nice. Dare I say that it was about the ego of Elgin Baylor?
May 27, 1995
In the last couple of weeks, the Clippers have sent out two flyers encouraging season-ticket holders to keep the faith. One had 20 quotes from other teams saying how hard the Clippers try. The other calculated that the Clippers had the best chance of getting the top pick in the draft. So what? I don't know who the Clippers will get in the draft, but it won't make any difference. As soon as that young guy finds out about life with Donald Sterling, he'll move on like all the rest did. BILL HALPIN Signal Hill
February 2, 1991
What's wrong with the Clippers? They are a bunch of supporting players in search of a star. A bunch of Walter Brennans and Ward Bonds waiting for John Wayne to arrive. Nobody can or wants to get the girl. Danny Manning, billed as Robert Redford, seems more like Robert Loggia: good, but no leading man. Ron Harper, in his return last Saturday night, looked a little like Clint Eastwood in taking charge at the end. However, if he turns out to be more like Clint Walker, Donald Sterling should think seriously about trading a couple of his Peter Lorres for one Humphrey Bogart.
November 27, 2004
If Arte Moreno thinks by simply changing the name of the Angels to Los Angeles he can achieve better advertising, radio and TV broadcast fees, he should call Donald Sterling and ask him how it's going so far. Charles R. Belden Santa Ana So, the Montreal Expos, owned by the other 29 teams, have been renamed the Washington Nationals. I assume Arte Moreno's vote, or suggestion, was to rename the franchise the Los Angeles Nationals of Washington, D.C. Mike Rosenthal West Hills
August 5, 2000
So Bob Huggins withdraws his name when he finds out Elgin goes to Donald and says, "We'd like to interview Huggins this week for the job," and Sterling says, "My god, Miller must be 120 years old, but if he can win at baseball he should be able to win at basketball." FRED E. STEMRICH Claremont The Clippers are looking in the wrong place for their new coach. They should be looking at the high school level. That would fit with what they've been doing under Donald Sterling's leadership.
April 30, 1994
I am writing to emphasize one point: The Clippers are simply the worst organization in professional sports. Other organizations try to get better. Donald Sterling actually looks forward to the NBA lottery. This team has had only one good coach in the last 10 years and he left last year. The Clippers hired Bob Weiss, who has never had much success anywhere he has coached. They could have had Lenny Wilkens, but they wasted time and he ended up in Atlanta. The Clippers are the laughingstock of professional sports, and nobody seems to care but the fans.
April 15, 2000
No doubt none of you caught the irony of Bill Plaschke including ostensibly clever quotes from Bill Dwyre in his attack on Donald Sterling ["Cellars Market," April 12]. All signs indicate Sterling is a terrible owner, while Dwyre himself has presided over the deterioration of The Times' once-fine sports section into a daily overdose of smart-alecky potshots, with quality reportage hard to find. Memo to Plaschke: Donald Sterling has not suited up for a single Clipper game this year, and hasn't coached for one minute, nor is he expected to. As Plaschke notes, there are "three top young players, including two top-five draft choices" on the club.
August 23, 2003
So, J.A. Adande [Aug. 21] says "the Clippers must sign Lamar Odom to stay competitive." Adande must be smoking the same pipe as Odom, who is a very good player, when he wants to be. Most of the time, he is lethargic and lackadaisical. It's also hard for Odom to contribute anything to the team while being suspended for drug use. Odom should be traded for a legitimate player who could play every day, and not be a problem off the court. And last, but not least: J.A., when have the Clippers ever been competitive?
November 16, 2002
While Mark Heisler's Nov. 10 letter to the "L.A. Donald" is on the mark, it is unfortunately a waste of Mr. Heisler's time. By now it is clear that Mr. Sterling doesn't care whether the Clippers win or lose, and obviously doesn't care about being the laughingstock of the sports world. Until that changes, or until there is new ownership, Clipper fans will continue to suffer. Lisa Michaelson Marina del Rey Perhaps Mark Heisler is not aware that even in sports, an owner must pay attention to the bottom line.
February 14, 2009
I've always been a fan of Elgin Baylor. He's one of L.A.'s greatest sports icons. Unfortunately, his lawsuit against the Clippers is unwarranted and will tarnish his image once the facts are out. All Baylor will accomplish now with his bogus lawsuit is to make other owners wary about hiring other blacks for management positions. Baylor claims that his role with the Clippers diminished over time. He should be thanking Donald Sterling for that. Charles Reilly Manhattan Beach -- I do not know if Donald Sterling is a racist or not. All I do know is that the Clippers have been the laughingstock of the NBA since they moved from San Diego via Buffalo years ago. Baylor's draft picks have been horrific and his personnel moves have been terrible.