Ex-Clippers guard: The team was pathetic, conditions were terrible


When someone who has played for an NBA team reveals his true experiences within the organization, sometimes such comments look truly shocking.

Speaking of the Clippers organization, which is owned, but no longer operated by Donald Sterling, it was quite bad, according to one former LA Clippers guard, Eric Murdock.

Eric Murdock, who played one season for the Los Angeles Clippers said that he rarely interacted with Sterling during the 1999-2000 season, the last of his nine in the NBA.

“I may have had two conversations with Donald Sterling, nothing in depth, but my memory of the Clippers organization is that it was absolutely pathetic,” Murdock said, the Daily Record reported.

“Our basketball facility, where we worked out, was worse than a high school. When it rained you needed 30 buckets to catch all the rain coming in from the ceiling in the training room. The conditions were terrible,” Murdock said.

It should be noted that Sterling has recently been caught in one of the most outrageous scandals in the NBA. On April 25, 2014, TMZ Sports released what it said is an April 9, 2014 audio recording of a conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend or former girlfriend.

Sterling was recorded making racist and outrageous statements in the conversation. An NBA investigation, which included an interview with Sterling, determined the voice to be authentic. Following the investigation, NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million after a firestorm of controversy.

The move was praised by many former NBA players, including Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kevin Johnson and Charles Barkley.

USA Today Sports reported on May 8 that Shelly Sterling intends to remain a 50% owner of the Clippers, even though the NBA banned her husband for life. Shelly Sterling said she would remain a passive owner and does not want to be involved in running the team.

Murdock, who currently runs Stapleton’s Restaurant & Lounge in Raritan, said he finds it “stunning, appalling that somebody in a position like that could possess those views.”

Murdock called Sterling’s alleged comments about African-Americans “an eye-opener.”

“It just so happened that he got caught on tape,” he said. “You just wonder, who else out there has those kind of views who are owning a team and in that type of position?”

“I would talk to my legal team to see exactly how this guy can be forced out, because it’s going to be controversial from now until he’s no longer the owner,” he said. “Who’s going to play for that guy when they know he’s making a ton of money off their back?”

During his NBA career, Murdock played for Utah Jazz, Milwaukee Bucks, Vancouver Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets and LA Clippers.

He spent a total of 9 seasons in the NBA, averaging career-high 15.3 ppg in 1993-94 season. Murdock played a total of 508 NBA games (started in 224), averaging 10.1 ppg, 4.9 apg and 2.5 rpg in 23.4 mpg.


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