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Court hearing on Elgin Baylor's wrongful termination suit against Clippers

Baylor_200 A Superior Court judge in Los Angeles tentatively denied a request to dismiss a wrongful termination suit brought by Elgin Baylor, the NBA Hall of Famer and former Clippers executive, against the Clippers and three other defendants.

At a hearing Thursday, Judge Kenneth R. Freeman scheduled another hearing for Feb. 3 to make a final ruling on whether the civil case should proceed to trial, tentatively set for March 2.

Baylor, 76, spent 22 years as the Clippers’ executive vice president and general manager until August 2008. In his lawsuit filed in February 2009, Baylor alleged he was fired and suffered age and race discrimination while with the team, among other things.

The defendants — who also include Clippers owner Donald Sterling, team president Andy Roeser and the National Basketball Assn. — deny the allegations.

Anthony Oncidi, a lawyer representing the NBA, also asked Freeman to dismiss the league as a defendant in the case, but Freeman tentatively denied that request as well.

--Jim Peltz

Photo: Elgin Baylor in 2009. Credit: Reed Saxon / Associated Press

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