HoopsHype Donald Sterling rumors

July 23, 2014 Updates
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Donald Sterling's combative, rambling proclamations on the witness stand — and his vulgar outburst off the stand — have drawn the most attention here in the probate trial that could determine whether his wife, Shelly, can go through with her proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But Shelly and her lawyers continue to build momentum in the case. The trial was in recess last week because of scheduling conflicts with the judge and the lawyers. USA Today Sports

July 17, 2014 Updates

ESPY Awards host Drake delivered a hilarious monologue to start the show, in which he jokingly acknowledged being a bandwagon fan and blew air in Lance Stephenson’s ear. At one point, Drake took a shot at Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and Blake Griffin’s reaction was priceless. Drake noted that the audience was just a few hundred yards from the Staples Center, which is “as close as Donald Sterling is allowed to get.” The camera immediately cut to Griffin in the audience, who tried to stifle a laugh. For The Win

July 16, 2014 Updates

As troubling as that might be in terms of public perception, given Sterling’s racially bigoted comments back in April, and as incendiary as that could become as an issue with the NBA’s players, Silver said the methodical pace of the probate trial in Los Angeles between the Sterlings could further delay the Clippers sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. “No, I cannot say it with certainty, and I cannot say it with certainty because it’s in the hands of the probate court,” Silver said. “I can say with certainty, we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA. If the probate ruling doesn’t go in our favor, we’ll recommence our procedures under termination.” NBA.com

July 15, 2014 Updates

For coach and team president Doc Rivers, that’s a bit of a hassle. He is not officially able to sit down and work out details with Ballmer, but said he has “accidentally” run into Ballmer a few times. “(A meeting is) not really allowed,” Rivers said here Monday as NBA Summer League play continued. “Bump-ins like today, I don’t know how that happened — things like that. It’s good, I look forward to that. It has hurt us some this summer. You go in to talk to a free agent and most guys, teams will bring their owner. I go in, looking like this, by myself. I don’t know what effect that has had but that’s not been great for us.” Sporting News

July 11, 2014 Updates

David Shields’ 1999 book Black Planet follows Shields as he covers the 1994-1995 Seattle Supersonics and attempts to address the “white guilt and white voyeurism and white homosexual panic” pervasive in the team's coverage. It’s regarded as one of the best basketball books ever written—and it’s now one of James Franco’s next film projects. Shields, Franco, and co-writer Michael Logan have adapted Black Planet for the screen. After its release in 1999, the New York Times called it a “risky and brilliant” look at the struggle to have a real conversation about race in pro sports. Now, after the Donald Sterling controversy, Shields and Franco think it has new life. Esquire

Shelly Sterling attended to many details in her rush to sell the Clippers before the NBA would seize the team, but was unaware of the 11th-hour maneuver to push aside her husband and team co-owner, Donald, she told a Los Angeles court Thursday. Sterling said it was only after the deal was nearly sealed her lawyers told her they had obtained doctors' reports on Donald's mental incapacity and she could use the reports to remove him from the family trust that controlled the team. Los Angeles Times

She said she acted lovingly when she urged Donald to be evaluated. Her main concern, she testified, was to assess her husband's deterioration. Donald Sterling's lawyers said regardless of Shelly's motivations, the medical examinations appeared to be part of a cynical set-up by a bunch of "hired guns." Los Angeles Times

They say Shelly Sterling and, in particular, O’Donnell, corrupted the results of Platzer and Spar’s examinations and worked together to oust Donald Sterling from the empire he alone built. “She has to come in (to court) with what the law calls, ‘clean hands.’ And you could see today, it’s not clean,” said Max Blecher, an attorney for Donald Sterling. “It was a vicious little conspiracy that was put together with her and the lawyers.” While on the stand, Shelly Sterling and Blecher shared some heated exchanges about her intent, with Shelly insisting she didn’t know about any behind-the-scenes plan for removal. Orange County Register

With a deadline looming next week to approve the deal, a judge on Thursday delayed the next hearing. But lawyers said a deadline extension was probable. Lawyers for disgraced team owner Donald Sterling told the judge more witness testimony was necessary but they could not return until July 21 because of personal plans. So Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing and scheduled further sessions that will culminate with closing arguments on July 28. USA Today Sports

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