To think, they couldn't buy this kind of support a couple years back. But NBA commissioner Adam Silver's lifetime ban of Donald Sterling and suggested sale of the Los Angeles Clippers has prompted an A-list's worth of celebrities interested in owning this playoff team. From an Oscar winner to a boxing champion, a comedic actress to the Queen of All Media, here's a list of boldface names reportedly interested in buying the Clippers (if they were to go on sale), and what they could bring to the organization.
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The retired actor definitely has the heart: The former star of "Malcolm in the Middle" has long declared himself a "die-hard Clippers fan" and wrote a lengthy Facebook post decrying Sterling while defending his team. "I believe the longer the team can win, the more this will remain a conversation in which we can continue to learn from and teach to ALL generations that actions like his will not be acceptable," he wrote.
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The creator and star of "The Mindy Project" declared her intention to buy the team on Twitter. We assume she's joking, though she did inform her 2.9 million followers her changes would be kept strictly sartorial: "The uniforms will be the same but bedazzled."
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Sources said the former NBA superstar and former Lakers owner was interested in buying the fellow Los Angeles team if they were put up for sale. Magic has since posted a tweet debunking that rumor ("they already have an owner"), but Clippers fans are still keeping the dream alive.
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The actor and activist told CNBC on Tuesday that he'd be interested in putting his hat in the ring as a partial investor. "I unfortunately don't have Donald Sterling money," Damon said. "But if Magic wants to put people together, I'll jump in as a super tiny minority investor." The esteemed actor will no doubt bring some Academy Award-winning gravitas alongside his shiny star wattage to the NBA team. But Damon is also known to be a die-hard Bostonian. How will the Celtics like them apples?
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Judd Apatow and Don Rickles
"I can now announce my partners in buying the Clippers," the guy behind "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Freaks and Geeks" jokingly announced on his Twitter account. "Rick Caruso, Darryl Issa, Don Rickles, Beyoncé, Henry Winkler and Adam Levine." The writer-director also promised to bring some good all-inclusive fun to the Staples Center. "You can attend even if you made love to my mistress," he tweeted. "Regardless of your race and religion." But can he keep their running times under 120 minutes?
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The boxing champ refrained from disparaging remarks about Donald Sterling, but told the media he was interested in putting a group together if his team was put on the selling block. "Do we want to buy the Clippers? Yes we do," the boxing champ said. "I'm very, very interested in buying the Clippers." Though legal troubles and his avid gambling (the boxer's wagered six-figures on NBA games) may keep Mayweather out of any potential ownership ring.
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Oscar De La Hoya
The retired boxing champ and native Angeleno thinks he'd be a good fit for the Clips. And his pitch packs a nice punch. "The league has made it known that it wants more minorities involved, and as a proud Mexican-American, I will bring a different perspective to the NBA in general, and the Clippers in particular," De La Hoya said in a statement. "I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I know what it takes to run a successful sports entity and nothing would make me happier than to bring an NBA Championship home to Southern California sports fans."
The rapper is already known as Boss, so it's only natural he'd be interested taking ownership of the Clips. And the MMG leader could barely contain his excitement in his Twitter account: "I'd be interested investing in @LAclippers !!!!" Too bad the "Mastermind" artist's intentions may prove a conflict of interest with the Staples Center: "Make It#WingstopArena @WingstopCEO Lets Goooo !!!" the tweet continued.
Sean 'Diddy' Combs
"I will always be a Knicks fan, but I am a business man.#DiddyBuyTheClippers #NameYourPrice," the hip-hop impresario wrote on his Twitter account. And while there's no denying the man formerly known as Puff Daddy has bling and swagger to spare, the Clips have to be careful Combs' East Coast bias doesn't start another turf war.
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David Geffen/Oprah Winfrey/Larry Ellison
Probably the most serious contenders of the lot. Queen of all media Winfrey is reportedly contemplating joining forces with media mogul Geffen (who attempted to purchase the team in 2010) and Oracle executive Ellison. Not only do they make a powerful trifecta, but the thought of the tastemaker putting her Oprah stamp of approval on the Los Angeles team has already sent the Internet into a tizzy.
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Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre
Diddy and Rick Ross would be great owners in the eyes of hip-hop fans, but nothing would say LA like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre -- and suddenly make the Lakers look like Pat Boone. Dre told TMZ he's "thinking about" buying the team -- Compton Clippers, anyone? -- and it would only be right if he teamed with his partner in rhyme one more time. So far, Snoop only has dropped f-bombs on Sterling, and not any offers, so just chill 'til the next episode.