Have you ever had a conversation with your wacky boss that made you uncomfortable? It could be worse. You could be Clippers guard Baron Davis, and your owner could be Donald Sterling.
Sterling, the noted basketball guru, cornered his star player before last night's game against Detroit to motivate him in Sterling's own, weird way. The conversation, relayed by Los Angeles Daily News columnist Vincent Bonsignore, went as follows:
"Look, I'm a man who makes things happen, and I need you to make this happen," Sterling said.
"Yes sir," Davis said, politely. "I'm going to make you smile; I'm going to make the fans smile."
"You know what would make me smile?" Sterling said. "You scoring 20 points tonight. That would make me smile."
"Then I'll make you smile," Davis promised.
"The thing is, I don't need you taking 60 shots to do it," Sterling warned.
"I won't need that many shots," Davis said. "So you don't have to worry about that."
"I'm a man who makes things happen, and I need you to make this happen," might be one of my favorite all-time motivational speaker lines ever. The fact that the "things" Sterling has made happen include sexual harassment and racial discrimination lawsuits makes it even more epic. I wonder whether someone used that line on Dennis Rodman a few too many times.