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Grant Hill Would Like To Buy The Clippers

Duke legend is putting together a group to buy the Sterlings out. So is Yao Ming. And maybe Oprah...

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 14: Grant Hill walks off the court after the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2014 as part of the 2014 NBA Allstar Weekend at the Smoothie King Center on February 14, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 14: Grant Hill walks off the court after the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2014 as part of the 2014 NBA Allstar Weekend at the Smoothie King Center on February 14, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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The situation with the NBA and Donald (and wife Shelly) has grown increasingly bizarre but there are signs that the end approaches.

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Sterling, in what may be a stalling maneuver, has offered to let his wife control the team and sell it.

The NBA is not buying it. Commissioner Adam Silver is still intent on the original plan: get the Sterlings the hell out.

Accordingly, various people are maneuvering to buy the team including, we now learn, Yao Ming and Grant Hill.

Ming is putting together a group from China, while Hill's group is presumably mostly stateside.

Given the long history of disastrous management, of alienating fans and players, the moral cheapness of the Sterlings, not to mention the willingness of Mr. Sterling to associate himself with the likes of V. Stiviano, who is as emblematic of our cultural woes as any person could be, and well...

We don't know if Grant can pull this off, but he would be a huge breath of fresh air for the Clippers, the NBA and the sports world at large.

For that matter, almost anyone would be. Separating the Clippers from the Sterlings and their long legacy of venal management practices opens up tremendous possibilities, starting with the Clippers being a normal, functional organization not beholden to the whims of a man like Donald Sterling.

That said, Hill as owner would be an elegant addition to the NBA and would garner, we expect, nearly universal approval.