As the NBA continues to deal with Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers, Bill Simmons (Grantland) says Yao Ming is interested in buying the franchise once Sterling is gone.
One more wildcard suitor: hearing Yao Ming is putting together a group of wealthy Chinese investors to make a serious run at the Clips.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 23, 2014
In 2009, the former Rockets All-Star center became the owner of his former team in China, the Shanghai Sharks, saving them from not being able to play the following season due to financial troubles.Since retiring in 2011, Yao has enrolled himself in Antai College of Economics & Management of Shanghai Jia Tong University, and has been trying to save the African wildlife by campaigning for people to stop buying items made from the skins of these animals.
Yao seems like the perfect fit for the NBA to take over Donald Sterling’s Clippers. He should be able to reel in the money to make a run at the Clippers and he would surely be the face of the group. The NBA would hit a home run with Yao, who is one of the most respected international athletes of all-time.
There are sure to be many more names interested in buying the Clippers who are expected to sell for close to $1.5 billion. Yao, however, may be the best candidate as they try to distance themselves from the Donald Sterling fiasco.