Clippers 4th on GQ's '20 Worst Sports Franchises of All Time' List
October 2013 GQ cover. (Sebastian Kim/GQ, used with permission)
The Clippers might be the city's best hope to win a title, but they earned the dubious distinction of making GQ's list of worst sports franchises of all time. To quote author Rob Tannenbaum:
We love CP3 and Blake Griffin, but until they arrived, this franchise was a disgrace. Clips owner Donald Sterling is a whoring, racist slumlord who paid $2.725 million for discriminating against blacks (“they smell”) and Hispanics (“just sit around and smoke and drink all day”) and once said — under oath — “If you are having sex with a woman you are paying for, you always call her ‘honey’ because you can’t remember her name.”
Ranked ahead of the Clippers are the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Lions and every Cleveland sports team.
Interestingly enough included in this list are short-lived teams like the Providence Steamrollers of the NBA, the Indianapolis Racers of the World Hockey Association and the USFL's Washington Federals.
To be quite honest, I was surprised the Clippers didn't ranker higher (or lower?). This is a franchise that has been associated with losing ever since moving from Buffalo to San Diego in 1978. Hell, they drafted Michael Olowokandi first overall in the 1998 draft! This was the same draft class that saw Vince Carter, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki and Mike Bibby.
The list is available in the October 2013 issue of GQ in newsstands now.