In the wake of the NBA’s decision to place a lifetime ban on Los Angeles Clippers own Donald Sterling, several celebrities have come forward expressing interest in the acquisition of the franchise.
In addition to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather, billionaire Oprah Winfrey and music legend Dr. Dre both say they are thinking about giving it a shot.
According to ESPN.com, Oprah is planning to team up with Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison and music magnate David Geffen to make a bid at buying the Clippers… if the NBA can force Sterling’s hand in selling.
Geffen said the Clippers would be run by himself and Ellison, while Winfrey would be an investor.
“Oprah is not interested in running the team,” Geffen tells ESPN. “She thinks it would be a great thing for an important black American to own [another] franchise.
“The team deserves a better group of owners, who want to win. Larry would sooner die than fail. I would sooner die than fail. Larry’s a sportsman, we’ve talked about this for a long time. Between the three of us, we have a good shot.”
Geffen, a music and film mogul with a net worth that Forbes estimates at $6.2 billion, reportedly tried to buy a controlling stake in the Clippers in 2010 for $600 million, but was denied by Sterling.
As far as Dr. Dre, TMZ cameras caught up with him in Los Angeles this week, asking about the Clippers, to which he said he’s “absolutely” interested. When pressed if he was serious, he responded: “I’m thinking about it… yes.”