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Magic Johnson says Clippers owner Sterling 'delusional,' living in 'stone ages'

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, talks with Magic Johnson as they watch the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, talks with Magic Johnson as they watch the Los Angeles Clippers play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 11, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Magic Johnson says Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is "living in the stone ages" in his attitudes about minorities.

In an interview Tuesday with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Johnson said he was shocked such a prominent man would have such ignorant views on HIV and AIDS.

"It’s a shame that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about," said Johnson. "He didn’t actually educate himself before he came on and talked with you."

When asked what advice he would give Sterling, Johnson said he would tell him to sell the team and enjoy the rest of his life.

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Sterling made his first public comments Monday since racist recordings emerged last month and earned him a lifetime NBA ban. In an interview with Cooper, he repeatedly brought up the ex-NBA star's HIV and called him an unfit role model for children.

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Johnson told Cooper he didn't know how he got stuck in the middle of a personal dispute between Sterling and V. Stiviano. She recorded the comments with Sterling, and her photo of herself and Johnson on Instagram helped spur Sterling's racist remarks.

"He wants us to play for him but he doesn’t want us in the stands," Johnson said of African Americans, who comprise a majority of the NBA's athletes. "He wants us to help him with a championship but he doesn’t want us in the stands."

Sterling told Cooper in his interview that Clippers players still love him, which Johnson denied in Tuesday's interview.

"Now he is delusional," said Johnson. "And not only the Clippers don’t love him, the other players in the league don’t love him."

Johnson said he didn't know Shelley Sterling that well and it's up to NBA commissioner Adam Silver and the board to deal with whether she will retain her half of the ownership, but noted he thinks the fans and the players don’t want any member of the Sterling family to be an owner. 

As for Johnson's interest in the Clippers, Johnson said he and his partners would consider buying the team but he'd really like to own the Lakers.

"This notion that I want his (Sterling's) team. ... If I was going to steal somebody’s franchise, it’s going to be the Lakers," said Johnson.