LOS ANGELES -- NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson says Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has badly outdated views about minorities and is shockingly ignorant about HIV and AIDS for such a prominent public figure. Cheap Nike Shoes For Sale . "Hes living in the stone ages," Johnson said in an interview that aired Tuesday with CNNs Anderson Cooper, a day after Sterling made his first public comments since racist recordings emerged last month and earned him a lifetime NBA ban. "You cant make those comments about African-Americans and Latinos. You just cant do it." In Sterlings interview with Cooper, Sterling repeatedly brought up the ex-NBA stars HIV and called him an unfit role model for children. Johnson mostly avoided lashing back at criticism from Sterling, who at one point cut off Coopers listing of Johnsons achievements to loudly say "Hes got AIDS!" Johnson, who is HIV positive but does not have AIDS, said he was surprised Sterling didnt make the distinction. "Heres a man who you would think would be educated, and a man who is smart enough to build this type of wealth and own a team and have an incredible platform to change the world," Johnson said. "But hes doing it in a negative way." Johnson is now a part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and was once a part-owner of the Lakers after the playing career that was cut short by his contracting HIV in 1991. "I came out like a man, I told the world," Johnson said of his famous public press conference announcing his retirement. "I didnt blame nobody else. I understood what I did was wrong. And I hope that I was able to help people." Johnson, who said he has known Sterling since he first came to LA to play for the Lakers more than 30 years ago, said he didnt know how he got stuck in the middle of a situation that should have been a personal dispute between Sterling and V. Stiviano. Stiviano recorded Sterling making racist comments about a photo of herself and Johnson on Instagram. "Hes trying to find something to grab on to help him save his team," Johnson said, "and its not going to happen." Sterlings comments won him a quick and stinging rebuke from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who said owners were working quickly to force Sterling out of the league. On Tuesday his fellow owners in the leagues advisory/finance committee met via conference call, discussed the CNN interview and reviewed the status of the charge for termination of the Clippers ownership. Silver or an owner has to formally charge Sterling in writing with violating Article 13 of the NBAs constitution. A hearing would then be held and require a three-fourths vote of the board of governors to force Sterling to sell the team he has owned since 1981. Clippers coaches and players, in Oklahoma City on Tuesday for their playoff series against the Thunder, were asked about Sterlings latest comments, and most said they were doing their best to ignore them. "I wasnt looking for him to say anything, to be honest," coach Doc Rivers said. "I was focused on our guys, and being above all that. Hes going to keep doing what he does, and we have to keep doing our jobs." Centre Ryan Hollins said the teams playoff success amid the constant controversy is "a tribute to Doc and the character of our guys." "I think weve always just had the mind-set of basketball first," Hollins said. Cheap Nike Shoes Free Shipping . - The Mavericks built a 12-point lead with 2:50 to play, gave away all but two points of it, and still managed to hang on. Cheap Nike Shoes Authentic .com) - Klay Thompson is quickly proving he is worth every penny of his recently signed four-year contract extension.OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- Radek Stepanek has recovered from a neck injury to open the Czech Republics quest for the third straight Davis Cup title by playing the opening singles match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands in their first-round series. Stepanek retired from his Australian Opens first-round match against Blaz Kavcic in the fourth set. Thursdays draw also pits Australian Open semifinalist Tomas Berddych against Igor Sijsling. Wholesale Nike Shoes. Berdych and Stepanek teamed up to beat Spain in the 2012 final and did the same to defeat Serbia in November to retain the title. In Saturdays doubles, the Czech pair of Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely will face Thiemo de Bakker and Jean-Julien Rojer. Reverse singles are scheduled for Sunday. The winner will face either Canada or Japan in Aprils quarterfinals. ' ' '
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