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July 22, 2014 Updates
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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 14, 2014 Updates
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James became branded by The Decision, and Gilbert became a hostage to his Letter. Only, James would win two titles in four years with the Heat, and winning washes everything away. Winning changes the story. The Cavaliers have lost a lot of games, made mistakes and then Gilbert started to understand something: For all his business genius, all his rebuilding of Detroit and charitable endeavors and everything he had done in his life, the letter had come to define him. "Do a Google search on me, and it's the first thing that comes up," Gilbert told Yahoo Sports. "To a certain segment of society, it's like somebody killed somebody, like somebody killed their kid. I told LeBron, 'That letter didn't hurt anybody more than it hurt me.' Yahoo! Sports

July 10, 2014 Updates
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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

July 7, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers’ $2 billion sale to ex-Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US) Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer may not close by a July 15 deadline after what a lawyer for Shelly Sterling called her husband’s “ploy” to block the sale by delaying a trial over its legitimacy. Donald Sterling, 80, had his wife’s state court case moved to federal court last week, throwing into doubt a trial set to start today in the California court over whether she followed the rules of a family trust in having him declared incapacitated and unable to negotiate the sale. BusinessWeek.com

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