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Donald Sterling's time as Clippers owner marked by major futility
Donald Sterling's time as Clippers owner marked by major futility

The NBA’s announcement Tuesday that the Clippers were sold to former Microsoft billionaire Steve Ballmer ends Donald Sterling’s 33 years as the team’s owner. Assuming no legal challenge reverses the sale, it brings to a close one of the most prolonged and miserable ownership eras of any pro sports team. Sterling bought the franchise when it was in San Diego in 1981 and in that first season, coached by Paul Silas, the Clippers stumbled to a 17-65 record. It was a taste of what was to come in the Sterling era. He moved the team to Los Angeles in 1984, but the suffering continued for Clippers fans. Here’s a quick look at the team’s record on the court during...