Donald Sterling Rumors
While James Dolan’s ongoing feud with former Knick Charles Oakley continues to unspool in public, the Madison Square Garden Chairman has an unlikely — yet ardent — ally in his corner. “I think Dolan’s a terrific owner. I really do,” Donald Sterling told the Daily News Thursday. “He does the best he can do, and unfortunately sometimes a player misunderstands. I was an owner for 33 years, and sometimes players misunderstand.”
“Oakley compared me to Dolan? Isn’t that amazing. I feel bad about Oakley. I wish that he could understand that there are no hard feelings by Dolan towards him. Owners don’t have hard feelings towards the players,” said Sterling. “They want the players to succeed, because when the players succeed, (owners) succeed.”
The Crossover: Charles Oakley: James Dolan is on the “same level” as Donald Sterling. pic.twitter.com/SD4bO12Lmm
Maggie Gray: “Charles, what’s your reaction to that and do you see it that way?” Charles Oakley: “He’s definitely a control freak. He’s got everybody in the Garden on pins and needles. The other owners know this. That’s the bad thing about it. They’re going to let this end up like something that happened to the L.A. Clippers. It’s that bad, but they won’t talk about it. It’s that bad.”
Maggie Gray: “Do you consider James Dolan on that same level as a Donald Sterling?” Charles Oakley: “Yes.” Maggie Gray: “Do you believe that he’s a racist?” Charles Oakley: “He’s on the level. The level can be according to you building a house or you building a pyramid. This man has been around for a long time, and I ain’t heard nothing good about him.”
Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s legal fight with the NBA over the $2 billion sale of the team has ended as both sides have settled the dispute. The Los Angeles Times, citing Sterling attorney Bobby Samini, first reported the agreement Friday. “Donald is pleased with the outcome and is looking forward to focusing on future endeavors,” Samini wrote in an email to the Times.
Ousted Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has reached an agreement to settle his protracted legal battle with the NBA, Sterling’s lawyer confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Friday. Sterling filed lawsuits in federal and California state courts over the forced sale of the Clippers after he was caught on tape making racially insensitive comments. The NBA also banned Sterling for life and fined Sterling $2.5 million in April 2014, weeks after the audio surfaced. “The dispute between Donald Sterling and the NBA has been resolved,” Bobby Samini, Sterling’s lawyer, told USA TODAY Sports in an email. “Donald is pleased with the outcome and wishes the best for the league and the Clippers. Samini said he couldn’t release the terms of the settlement.