HoopsHype Donald Sterling rumors

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Sacks said there is no timetable for making a decision on Del Negro's future with the Clippers, who won 56 games this season before bowing out in six games in the playoff series against Memphis. "We'll sit down and talk with Vinny and I will go over some things for the future and discuss it with our owner (Donald Sterling) and see where we're at," Sacks said. "It's kind of early right now, we're still in the process of getting feedback from everybody and seeing how we came up short in the series. Los Angeles Daily News

May 4, 2013 Updates

A tantalizing candidate to be the Clippers' next head coach posited by one NBA executive if the team would like to maximize its chances of Chris Paul re-signing with the franchise: Chauncey Billups. I can't tell you if Billups is interested in retiring as a player at this point, or even if being a head coach is what he wants to do next, but he certainly knows the game well enough, has long held unusual authority among his peers on the court and in the locker room. Then there's this: no one is closer on that team than Paul and Billups. I also know that Paul's control of the franchise, by virtue of the fact the Clippers will do anything to keep him, is nearly absolute. As for the current head coach, Vinny Del Negro, the consensus around the NBA is that this first-round ouster is almost certain to cost him his job. There are plenty of contributing factors that led to their demise that Del Negro couldn't control -- Billups' Achilles tendon issues, Blake Griffin's high ankle sprain, to name two -- but owner Donald Sterling simply invested too much in this team to be out of the postseason already. If Del Negro stays, it's because Paul wants him to stay and I haven't heard from anyone that Paul is willing to go to bat for Del Negro in that way. I only hope that over the next few months Paul doesn't feign that he will have nothing to do with who gets the job next or del Negro not being retained. The only way that could be true is if he tells the Clippers definitively that he is not coming back; otherwise, they are assuredly going to be highly interested in who Paul thinks should run the team. Sulia

April 25, 2013 Updates

If Del Negro is let go, the Clippers' job will probably be the most desirable on the market. There are several quality coaches available, led of course by Phil Jackson. While Clippers owner Donald Sterling has a contentious relationship with Jackson, one that sources say would probably keep Sterling from hiring him, Sterling's son-in-law Eric Miller is said to be a fan of Jackson's. Miller, the Clippers' director of basketball administration, is viewed as Sterling's likely successor in the franchise. ESPN.com

April 22, 2013 Updates

Coroner's investigators say the death of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's son was a drug-related accident. Los Angeles County Coroner's officials said in a statement Monday that Scott Ashley Sterling died from a pulmonary embolism after injecting narcotic medication meant to be taken orally. The report did not say with certainty what drug Scott Sterling injected, but said the painkiller oxycodone was found in his system. SI.com

The body of the 32-year-old Sterling was found in his beachfront apartment in Malibu on New Year's Day. The Sheriff's Department said at the time his death was likely from a drug overdose, and an autopsy was performed Jan. 3. SI.com

April 18, 2013 Updates

The front office turned sour on Del Negro earlier this season when he chatted with Celtics' boss Danny Ainge about a deal to acquire Kevin Garnett. They felt it wasn't his place to do so. Hard feelings remain. Del Negro also isn't as sold on keeping DeAndre Jordan as the front office is, and so there are grounds for continued conflict. If I knew the name of the team's wallflower general manager, I would tell you. Andy Roeser remains Donald Sterling's top aide, but he's lost much of his influence now that Sterling's son-in-law, Eric Miller, has joined the team in training as possibly Sterling's heir apparent. Too early to say if we're talking upgrade. Mike Dunleavy used to work around the front office, bypassing Elgin Baylor to get things done. But he was more the politician, while Del Negro isn't one for sweet talk. Los Angeles Times

February 25, 2013 Updates

But sources indicated that Clippers owner Donald Sterling nixed the deal Thursday morning, not wanting to gamble on the team's chemistry being affected in any way down the stretch. My interpretation: we don't want to do anything that could, in any way, be held against us by assistant general manager Chris Paul this summer if we don't get far in the postseason. NBA.com

February 17, 2013 Updates

Ilitch is founder and owner of Little Caesars Pizza. He also owns the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers. He was in negotiations to purchase the Detroit Pistons, as well, before he backed out of talks. Rumors won’t go away that Gilbert is interested in buying the Indians. However, a well-placed source said the Tribe isn’t for sale. Morning Journal

January 29, 2013 Updates
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An autopsy has been conducted on the body of Scott Ashley Sterling, son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Los Angeles County chief coroner’s investigator Craig Harvey says the examination was completed Thursday but the cause of death has been deferred for toxicology testing. The body of the 32-year-old was found late Tuesday at his home in a beachfront apartment building Malibu. Washington Times

January 2, 2013 Updates

The following statement was released today on behalf of the family of Donald T. and Shelly Sterling: “Our son Scott has fought a long and valiant battle against Type 1 Diabetes. His death is a terrible tragedy, the effects of which will be felt forever by our family and all those who knew and loved him. We sincerely appreciate the warm outpouring of sympathy and support from so many of our dear friends. At this time, we respectfully ask to be afforded the opportunity to mourn this loss in an appropriately private manner.” Sulia

Homicide detectives are at a Malibu home Wednesday morning after the discovery of a deceased male identified as 32-year-old Scott Sterling. Sterling is the son of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The home at 22600 Pacific Coast Highway (map) is owned by Donald Sterling, according to property records. A cause of death was not immediately available. The body was discovered at Mailbu Beach Villas just after midnight. NBC Los Angeles

December 20, 2012 Updates
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An actress who said she lost most of her personal belongings and perhaps her ability to continue her career as a result of a fire in a West Hollywood apartment building owned by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was awarded $2.3 million in damages Monday. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury, which started deliberating late Thursday afternoon, found Sterling liable for breach of contract, breach of the warranty of habitability and intentional infliction of emotional distress. West Hollywood Patch

In her final argument Thursday, Yoon said the 79-year-old real estate mogul—who owns 130 buildings and 7,000 units in Southern California—has never taken responsibility for not having a fully functioning fire detection system at the time of the Sept. 28, 2009, blaze. "Mr. Sterling sought to blame anyone but himself," Yoon said. She played a video deposition in which the billionaire, when asked about the deficiencies, replied, "So what?" West Hollywood Patch

December 7, 2012 Updates

Name to keep an eye on: Eric Miller. I keep hearing, with greater frequency from rival execs and agents, that the sharp Miller -- named at the start of the season as the Clippers' new director of basketball administration -- is being groomed for a larger role in the Clips' decision-making hierarchy. How large? Miller is the son-in-law of Clippers owner Donald Sterling and is increasingly regarded as the likely eventual successor to Sterling, who bought the franchise in 1981 before its fourth of six seasons in San Diego before relocating to Los Angeles in 1984. ESPN.com

December 4, 2012 Updates

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