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A judge has asked lawyers for more legal documents arguing their points before he decides whether to approve the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelley Sterling is trying to sell the team without the consent of her estranged husband, Donald, after doctors who examined him said he lacks the mental capacity to decide such matters. USA Today Sports

Ramona Shelburne: Samini said the lawyers also discussed in court today whether Steve Ballmer has a right to be present during Sterling's probate trial. Donald Sterlings lawyer Bobby Samini told ESPN he's hoping trial will be pushed to late July/early August to accommodate their expert Dr Twitter @ramonashelburne

June 19, 2014 Updates

Shelly Sterling will seek a court order of protection for her, her lawyer and witnesses such as the doctors who evaluated Donald Sterling from harassment by her estranged husband and his lawyers, sources told ESPN.com on Wednesday. Shelly Sterling and her attorneys will appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday morning, sources said, to present evidence that Donald Sterling and his lawyers have threatened, intimidated and harassed witnesses who will be called in the probate court hearing July 7-10. ESPN.com

That hearing was scheduled after an emergency petition to the court last week by Shelly Sterling to evaluate the actions she took to sell the Los Angeles Clippers for a record $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelly Sterling has argued for an expeditious court ruling on her authority to sell the Clippers because the sale needs to close no later than Sept. 15 or the NBA will resume termination proceedings against Donald Sterling for racist remarks he made to former assistant V. Stiviano, which were published by TMZ. ESPN.com

Shelly Sterling's attorneys will ask a judge Thursday to order Donald Sterling and his attorneys to not threaten, harass or intimidate his wife's legal team and doctors who determined the Los Angeles Clippers' co-owner was mentally incapacitated. A person with knowledge of the legal proceedings told The Associated Press that the urgent request seeks protections for witnesses including three doctors who may be witnesses in next month's scheduled trial to determine if Shelly Sterling can sell the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. USA Today Sports

June 11, 2014 Updates

Shelly Sterling's lawyer ran to court this morning ... pleading with the judge to validate her deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer, and warning of dire consequences if the deal falls apart. In Shelly's legal docs -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- she says there's no way a better deal could be found. She points out the sale price for the Clippers is more than 3 times the price of the recently-sold Milwaukee Bucks. TMZ.com

Monday, Donald Sterling and his attorneys revoked that trust, essentially dissolving any agreements within it and moving all property to individual ownership stakes, according to one of Sterling’s attorneys. The move forced the action into probate court. Shelly Sterling and her lawyers are expected to try and reaffirm the trust in the eyes of the court Wednesday, paving the way for the sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. If Donald Sterling prevails, he and his attorneys affirmed he will not agree to a sale of the team. Orange County Register

Sterling, who received a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine from NBA commissioner Adam Silver after an audio recording that captured Sterling making a series of racist remarks became public, called the NBA “a band of hypocrites and bullies” and referred to the league as “despicable monsters.” The full text of Sterling’s screed — published by CNN — is below. SI.com

Sterling makes it clear that he will not go quietly. According to Samini, Sterling will go on a “crusade” to expose the NBA’s hypocrisy. “The NBA has a history of discriminatory practices which is supported by the numerous lawsuits filed by NBA employees claiming gender-based discrimination,” Sterling wrote. “(Commissioner) Adam Silver has worked for the NBA since 1992. He must know about the discriminatory practices of the NBA which are all matters of public record. The reason Adam Silver is focused on the sale, instead of the larger social issue, is because doing so would require him to examine the NBA’s own discriminatory practices including those that occurred under his many years in leadership. “…The NBA is a band of hypocrites and bullies. They will not stop until someone stands up. They have taken the liberty to desecrate my privacy rights and my right to own property.” Orange County Register

June 10, 2014 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said Monday. "We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit," said attorney Maxwell Blecher. He said co-owner Donald Sterling would not be signing off on the deal to sell. Donald Sterling issued a one-page statement dated Monday titled "The Team is not for Sale" and said that "from the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers." USA Today Sports

June 9, 2014 Updates

Donald Sterling’s attorney said Monday his client would not be dropping his billion-dollar lawsuit against the NBA, complicating some of the final details in the sale of the Clippers. Last week Maxwell Blecher said Sterling had agreed to a deal with the NBA in which he would sign off on the $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and agree to drop his suit against the NBA. Orange County Register

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