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Black news from Pasadena - Sports - Lisa Leslie, Clippers owner, Lakers and moreLisa Leslie will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, on June 13, 2015, in Knoxville, Tennessee. The former basketball Superstar is currently employed as a Sportscaster on Channel 7, in Los Angeles. She graduated from Morningside High School, in Inglewood, California. She then went to USC, and won some championship there, and after graduating she went on to have a distinguished career, playing professional basketball for the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA.

Black news from Pasadena - Sports - Lisa Leslie and Women's Basketball Hall of FameOn a personal note, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Leslie and her mother at an Academic Graduation Function sponsored by her high school. They were both regal and charming ladies, and each of them was about 6'4" tall. Lisa was not only beautiful, but she was poised beyond her years. It seemed to me that she was absolutely certain that she would be very successful in life, so she was already prepared to handle the success that would come her way. If I were to try to list all of her accomplishments, I would need more than all of the pages that are in this week's edition. Congratulations, Ms. Leslie, you have made all of us very proud of you!

Meanwhile, back on the Sterling front; he invited Steve Ballmer to his home. If you recall, Ballmer is the man who made a $2 billion offer to buy the Clippers from either Donald or Shelly Sterling, or from both of them. There is now a trial underway to determine if she had the authority to sell the team. At first, she thought she did, and now the court will have to decide. Nowadays, people are not as happy to get $2 billion as they were in the past. Well, money is not everything, although we have not yet found a suitable substitute.

Sterling is not prepared to go gently into the night, but he has not come up against anyone like Steve Ballmer. Steve is a self-made billionaire, who ran Microsoft for about 15 years. This is a smart, tough, organized, determined man. One way or the other, he is going to own the Clippers. Then, once he has them, he will strive to make them the best basketball team in the NBA. Another former Microsoft executive, Paul Allen is an Owner of the NFL Championship Seattle Supersonics, and the much improved Portland Trailblazers. These men, and others like him, are brilliant and highly competitive. They enjoy competing to be the best, and nothing less than that will satisfy them. When he takes over the team, the Clippers will become the best organized team in the NBA. Los Angeles is a town that needs a new hero, and Steve Ballmer intends to be that man.

The Lakers have become such a big mess that they are on the fast track to becoming irrelevant. Their president, Jim Buss has not yet hired a head coach for next season. They have interviewed every possible candidate in the world, from Justin Beiber to Samuel L. Jackson, for this position. They have also interviewed Byron Scott, on three separate occasions. He played for the Lakers, and he is still one of the most popular persons to ever wear Purple and Gold. He took the undermanned New Jersey Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals against the Kobe-Shaq led Lakers. Even if they offer him the job, it might not be a good idea for him to take it. Kobe Bryant has always given his best, but the sad reality is that it is over for him. So, this team has nothing, nada, zilch, bupkas for him to coach. The Fans will complain because of the losing record, and they will then quickly fire whomever it was that they hired. It may be a good idea for Scott to sit out for a while, since Doc Rivers may be in the market to hire a head coach in the near future.

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