SEATTLE -- Lenny Wilkens is a basketball Hall of Famer with over 1,300 wins as a coach and a player.
But Wilkens says there was one job he turned down.
"I never wanted to work for (Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling), because I didn't like his demeanor, how he ran his team," said the legendary NBA figure as he relaxed Sunday at his Seattle-area home. "I was interviewed by him and he had a couple of players unsigned, and it wasn't important to (him) to be taken care of."
Wilkins says he told Elgin Baylor, the former Seattle University player and then Clippers General Manager, "I lost interest. I told him I was sorry."
He's among those current, or former, NBA figures now speaking out about the recorded comments attributed to Sterling. TMZ posted audio, purportedly of Sterling, telling a mistress "to not bring black people" to his team's games, along with other racially charged comments.
"He said I buy these guys houses. I buy these guys cars," said Lamarr Oatis of Seattle, who equated Sterling to a "slave master."
"I'm shocked, I'm really shocked," said Oatis, as he played basketball at the Rainier playfield Sunday night.
"He honestly, should be given a leave of absence," said Isiah Hall, also of Seattle.
"Me personally, I think they should fine him heavily. Suspend him. And eventually make him sell the team," said Wilkens. "There is no place in our society for that kind of nonsense."