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August 6, 2014 Updates

"My whole thing is that I didn't want to go into [Clippers training] camp and put myself in a worse position," he said. "It's not that my back is broken and I'm walking around with a broken back, or I'm in so much pain. "But if I start playing basically two months earlier than everybody else and then go through all of next season and the playoffs, then I'm probably going to put myself in a bad position. I couldn't do that." Los Angeles Times

August 5, 2014 Updates

Ballmer spoke to reporters Monday before teeing off in a “Snoqualmie Showdown” charity round of celebrity golf with Fred Couples, Rick Neuheisel and Sports Radio KJR morning radio host Mitch Levy ahead of the Boeing Classic later this month at Snoqualmie Ridge. He expressed regret at leaving the group fronted by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen that is trying to bring the NBA back to Seattle, but said the opportunity to buy the Los Angeles Clippers was too big to pass up. “It was my dream to have a team in Seattle,” said Ballmer, speaking locally for the first time since his $2 billion offer in May to buy the Clippers, which is held up in a court battle between the league and outgoing owner Donald Sterling. “I spent some time on that and worked on it and I wish that had worked. I don’t know when that will happen. With luck, maybe it happens in the next few years, but if it takes a few more than that, I decided that this was probably the best path for me to take.” Seattle Times

Ballmer reiterated, as he has several times since making the bid, there’s no chance he’ll eventually move the Clippers to Seattle. He said the NBA would never allow it and he paid the price he did because the Clippers are a Los Angeles-based team. “Probably most people will tell you I paid an L.A. beachfront price, not a Seattle beachfront price for the team,” he said. “I’m not crazy.” Seattle Times

August 4, 2014 Updates

Included on Allen's call list is his former Celtics coach, Doc Rivers, now on behalf of the Clippers. "A lot have called. Doc called earlier in the summer," he said. "A lot of teams want to be able to get me at the veteran’s minimum. I still have an ego, too. I still have a service to provide, and teams still have to pay me what I feel my presence is worth. I have to take that into consideration, if it’s worth putting my body through what it will take over 82 games." Boston Herald

August 3, 2014 Updates

Sterling never hid his infatuation with Stiviano, the personal assistant and caretaker he described as his lover. He stared at her. When they didn't sit together, he waved. To some in the Clippers organization, the relationship created deep concern. "People were worried because he was acting so erratically," said a Clippers employee who would speak about Sterling only if granted anonymity. "He would look across the court at her during games like he was a 12-year-old guy in love with his first crush." Los Angeles Times

Michael Selsman, a friend since 1962, recalled taking a proposal to Sterling. "Barney's is offering $15 million," Selsman remembered saying of the department store's bid to buy the building. "And he said, 'What would I do with another $15 million?.... Too much trouble. Tell them to forget it.'" Selsman said that was Sterling's standard response: "He was famous for saying, 'I buy. I never sell.'" Sterling's real estate acumen contrasts with reports by two doctors retained by Shelly Sterling in May. They claimed her husband is no longer competent to manage his business affairs, that he couldn't draw a clock or spell "world" backward and is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. That precipitated his removal as a trustee for the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers, and allowed his wife's rushed agreement to sell the team to Ballmer. Los Angeles Times

August 2, 2014 Updates

Sam Cassell is leaving the Washington Wizards after five seasons to take an assistant coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed Saturday. Cassell joined the Wizards as a member of Flip Saunders’s staff in 2009, one year after winning a third championship in Boston with Doc Rivers, the current president and coach of the Clippers. Washington Post

Jared Zwerling: Hearing Sam Cassell will become a Clippers assistant coach. Announcement to come this week. Clippers had been trying to get him (post Lue). Twitter @JaredZwerling

August 1, 2014 Updates
July 31, 2014 Updates

Love was hardly the only player to pull out. Portland Trailblazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge was the first to do so, and his continued lack of interest in the Team USA program is surely doing nothing to help with his equity. San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard also chose not to take part after enduring a long championship run. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin pulled out as well, and it was eventually revealed by way of an ESPN.com report that a minor back problem was to blame. "I didn't know specifics (of Griffin pulling out), but I was told that it had to do with his back," Colangelo said. "So how could I be upset about someone not coming because he had an issue (with his body)? You've got to protect the asset." USA Today Sports

July 30, 2014 Updates

The meeting with Ballmer last Monday was the last, best chance for Donald Sterling to walk away with a shred of conciliation, or dignity. A settlement would have resurrected some shred of decorum. Even disgraced Dodgers owner Frank McCourt scored a photo op with Magic Johnson before exiting the stage. That was Sterling's option, but he had no use for it. Ballmer left the meeting after about an hour and a half and flew back to Seattle. Sterling instructed his lawyers to file a new lawsuit in the morning, this time alleging just about the only thing left to allege, that the shares of the corporation that owns the Clippers are in his name. It's a legal document that independent experts call laughable, and was a waste of time for everyone involved. ESPN.com

July 29, 2014 Updates

Roberts was the recommendation of NBPA president Chris Paul and the nine-member executive committee, winning with 32 of 34 votes among committee members and team player representatives, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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