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June 27, 2014 Updates

Austin walked into the house, nearly 20 familiar faces waiting, all fighting a droop. His eyes locked on his mother's, who were already welled to tears. His stepfather was holding her, and the reality of why this family reunion was happening slammed him. "No," Austin immediately said. "Please don't tell me what I think you're going to tell me." "I'm sorry, Isaiah," were the first words Lisa could get out. Before she said them, he knew. Doctors told him about the possibility of Marfan in Chicago, at the draft combine. There was no other reason for him to see his family in that house right then and there. They weren't supposed to be in Grand Prairie, not today. It was Saturday, and Noah had a track meet to prepare for. Austin turned his back and began to cry. CBSSports.com

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Adam Silver isn't worried. The NBA commissioner said he has plenty of confidence that the Clippers — with coach Doc Rivers and interim CEO Dick Parsons at the controls of the franchise's basketball orders of business — will manage to go about their offseason dealings without any problems, even though the Donald Sterling matter that has complicated things for the team in recent months remains unsettled and may stay that way for the foreseeable future. "It's not a level of concern for us," Silver told The Associated Press this week. "Doc Rivers is the head of basketball operations of the Clippers. We've installed Dick Parsons as the interim CEO. He's on the same page as Doc. They're working together. Dick Parsons has the absolute authority from the league office to operate the Clippers in the best interest of the organization." USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's team of lawyers has hired four private investigation firms to dig up dirt on the NBA's former and current commissioners and its 29 other owners, a person familiar with Sterling's legal strategy told the Associated Press. Investigators were given a six-figure budget over the next 30 days to examine the league's finances, allegations of previous discriminatory conduct and compensation to past Commissioner David Stern and current Commissioner Adam Silver, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday night on condition of anonymity. The person wasn't authorized to talk publicly. USA Today Sports

The person said the investigators also are looking into whether other owners made any off-color jokes, or racist or sexist remarks. "The gloves are off, as they say," the person said. "Have them dig up all the dirt they can find." USA Today Sports

June 11, 2014 Updates

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

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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

The league, in turn, would agree not to sue Sterling and would drop the charges against him. Sterling’s legal team interpreted that to mean the league was rescinding its lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine. To the NBA, however, the only charge they were dropping against Sterling was the “charge to terminate ownership.” The NBA cancelled that June 3 hearing after Sterling’s wife Shelly agreed to sell the team to Ballmer. But that’s not the main reason Sterling reversed course, according to Blecher, who said NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s adamancy in a Sunday press news conference was the primary culprit for Sterling’s change of heart. Blecher called Silver's handling of the situation, “just plain nasty.” Orange County Register

Ramona Shelburne: Donald Sterling: "I believe that Adam Silver acted in haste by illegally ordering the forced sale of the Clippers & banning me for life from the NBA. Action taken by Silver & NBA constitutes a violation of my rights and fly in the face of freedoms that are afforded to all Americans." Twitter @ramonashelburne

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