The 83-year-old Sterling at first hesitated to speak to a reporter, as the anniversary of the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer approaches on May 29. But he eventually agreed to be interviewed, saying he wants the world to know that he has moved beyond the battles of the past. “I am as happy as I have ever been. I am as comfortable as I have ever been,” Sterling said. “And I don’t want to do anything to disturb that.”
Shelly Sterling, also 83, said in a separate interview that she has not let go of at least one formal blot that remains on Sterling’s record: the lifetime ban from the NBA that was imposed on the long-time Clippers owner after his racist remarks against African-Americans attending games.
“”I couldn’t understand the severity of the ban. It just seemed a little bit out of line,” Shelly Sterling said. “I have talked to [the NBA] several times and I don’t know what they will do. Maybe they will and maybe they won’t [lift the ban]. Maybe it takes a little bit more time.”
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Mikhail Prokhorov’s holding company, announced Monday that renovation of the Paramount Theatre, Brooklyn’s Jazz Age jewel, is set to begin this fall, with an anticipated opening before 2019.
The Paramount, at the northeast corner of Flatbush and DeKalb Avenues on the LIU campus, is a few blocks from Barclays Center. Events at the theatre will feature music, comedy, boxing, and more. The venue will have a capacity of up to 3,000. The flexible seating configuration will accommodate primarily general admission-style setups, with the opportunity to also do seated floor events. The venue will open loge level seating, and will feature premium VIP areas.
The Cavs have also denied permission to the Atlanta Hawks for Griffin to interview for their open general manager position, sources said. Griffin, whose contract expires at the end of July, has recently held talks with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert about his future with the team but nothing had been agreed to as of Monday afternoon, sources said.