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July 9, 2014 Updates

Donald Sterling, on the stand, said he "probably would have" agreed to sell the club if the NBA had removed the penalties, which he thought they had initially. "They indicated they would resolve all of the issues that remained, implying that if there was any punishment, which was the most serious punishment in the history of the Bar association and the history of sports," Donald testified. "To impose a $2.5 million fine. To bar somebody forever.f There's something behind that, and we'll find out what it is." USA Today Sports

Donald ended his testimony by saying how he runs all his businesses and has made a fortune. "I do it all, and I'm happy to share it with my wife. I'm happy to give her half ... or maybe more." With Shelly on the stand, O'Donnell asked if she were separated from her husband? "Sort of," Shelly answered. USA Today Sports

In his initial hourlong testimony Tuesday during a hearing that represents possibly his last chance to control the Clippers, Sterling strangely confronted the notion that he was mentally incapacitated by acting like he wanted to prove it. When asked about Dr. Meril Sue Platzer and the mental competency exam she administered at his home that led to a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, he was slanderous. "She said she was there because her life was in shambles and her husband left her with $1 milllion in liability and that she's been drinking," he said. "We never got to the point [of a diagnosis]. . . . She said, 'Can I finish the examination of you after we go across the street to the Polo Lounge and have a couple of drinks?'" Los Angeles Times

Pierce O'Donnell, one of Shelly Sterling's attorneys, shook his head as he walked down a buzzing courthouse hall. "In 40 years as a lawyer, I've never seen a courtroom meltdown like that," he said. The lawyers for Sterling, meanwhile, just saw this as Donald being Donald. Far from shocked, they were actually pleased. "I think Donald did an excellent job on the stand. . . . If I needed a lawyer, I'd hire him," said his attorney Bobby Samini, later adding, "A lot of people talk about things tangentially; I don't see how that makes them incompetent. He has a lot to say, he's got a lot on his chest, and I think he wanted to use this opportunity to get some of it out." Los Angeles Times

July 8, 2014 Updates

During a break, Shelly walked over to Donald and said hello. They appeared to exchange pleasantries and he kissed her on the hand. The trial is currently in break after the two doctors who examined Donald in May and said he was mentally incapacitated have finished testifying. Donald is expected next. It is so stifling hot in the packed courtroom that Judge Michael Levanas, straight out of a scene from To Kill A Mockingbird, has given everyone permission to remove their jackets. USA Today Sports

The last test he administered Sterling, called a "Trials B" test, ended abruptly, Spar testified. "At the very end, he got a little frustrated," Spar testified. "He said, 'I've got to go.' The last part, it's fairly challenging. He tried to do it, but he couldn't do it. He said, 'I don't want to do it.' I said just give it your best shot. He said, 'I don't want to do this. I'm not going to do this.' He threw the pen down and walked out. "If he had stuck around, I might have done one more thing. It wouldn't have changed the results. "He said, 'I've got a roomful of lawyers. I've got to get back to them,' something like that." USA Today Sports

Iguodala works individually with Kent Katich, the Los Angeles Clippers’ full-time yoga instructor and only one in the NBA. “Once you try it out, you get the understanding of some of the moves that are incorporated into basketball that are from yoga like sweep throughs, being on your toes and just having good balance, and being able to last for 82 games,” Iguodala said. The State Journal-Register

What would happen if the court rules in Donald Sterling's favor? The possibilities, according to legal experts, include Shelly Sterling suing to have Donald Sterling found incapacitated by the court so she can reclaim control of the team and consummate the sale; the NBA moving forward with its original plan to terminate the Sterlings' interest in the team and sell it on its own; and Ballmer suing if the court rules Donald Sterling effectively revoked the trust and Ballmer's deal with Shelly Sterling was non-binding. USA Today Sports

Donald Sterling – who was such a presence at Clipper games over the past two decades, sitting courtside next to his wife or V. Stiviano, entertaining a crowd of revelers in the press room – will again be the center of attention Tuesday, when he’s scheduled to testify. “I think it’s going to be important,” said another of Sterling’s attorneys, Bobby Samini. “I have absolute confidence Donald’s testimony is going to be very, very telling for everybody who observes it. He does not lack capacity in any way, and I think everyone will see that for themselves.” Orange County Register

 

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