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July 21, 2014 Updates

Nakase, the Clippers’ assistant video coordinator, is trying to earn credibility in the coaching profession the same way: by proving her worth. She landed a spot as an assistant coach on the Clippers’ bench during the two-week N.B.A. Summer League here, a first according to the Clippers and a step toward her goal of becoming an N.B.A. coach — something no woman has ever accomplished. “I don’t want to just coach,” Nakase said. “I want to win championships.” New York Times

Donald Sterling's combative, rambling proclamations on the witness stand — and his vulgar outburst off the stand — have drawn the most attention here in the probate trial that could determine whether his wife, Shelly, can go through with her proposed $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. But Shelly and her lawyers continue to build momentum in the case. The trial was in recess last week because of scheduling conflicts with the judge and the lawyers. USA Today Sports

July 20, 2014 Updates

Rivers said the Clippers made the necessary inquiries about West’s time in China and the NBADL, and decided offering him a summer league slot was relatively risk-free. “You check all of that out — no doubt,” Rivers said of West’s behavior. “I got calls from several people in the D-League and in China who said he’s ready for this. He has a baby and a fiancee now. A lot of things have been going right for him. “I just think he’s far more mature now,” he said. “He’s given up a lot in his life, and he wants to do well. He still has a disease that he has to fight every day. I know he’s doing everything he can to get back into the league, and it’s nice to see him here. “But to be honest, it doesn’t hit you like, ‘Wow, Delonte is back here in the summer league.’?” Boston Herald

“No strings attached,” West said to the now-Clippers coach while making a pitch for a spot on Rivers’ summer league team. OK, Rivers decided. Summer league doesn’t require any commitment. “He just wanted a shot — he just wanted a chance with no commitments to try and make it,” Rivers said last week. Boston Herald

July 19, 2014 Updates

A lawyer for the man offering to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion told a judge Friday that Donald Sterling's stalling tactics are threatening to doom the sale by pushing it past a contractual deadline. At a hearing to set parameters for the rest of a probate trial, attorney Adam Streisand implored the judge to make a swift decision when hearings conclude July 28. He said the final deadline for closing the deal with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was extended by a month, but "the deal ends on Aug. 15." A month later, the NBA can seize the team and sell it at auction, Streisand said. Boston Herald

July 18, 2014 Updates

Sam Amick: Free agent big man Ekpe Udoh considering contenders, with decision expected this weekend. Was close to Clippers until they did Glen Davis. Twitter @sam_amick

On the B.S. Report, DeMarcus Cousins stopped by to talk about free agency, the ins and outs of Kentucky and whether he has a beef with anyone. Here are some highlights: On Blake Griffin and Chris Paul DeMarcus Cousins: I don't have a problem with Blake. Bill Simmons: Oh, you're one of the guys -- there's a lot of guys who CP kind of bugs them. Cousins: Yeah, I dislike CP a lot. Simmons: CP does a lot of talking. Cousins: I know. Simmons: What if you saw him off the court? You'd be OK with him. No? Cousins: I don't have a problem. ESPN.com

July 17, 2014 Updates

The Portland Trail Blazers announced their NBA preseason schedule today, highlighted by two games at the Moda Center vs. Western Conference rivals the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers. Portland will open the preseason slate on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Utah before returning home to play the Jazz on Thursday, Oct. 9 and the L.A. Clippers on Sunday, Oct. 12. The team will close out the preseason with a three-game road trip at Denver, the L.A. Lakers (in Ontario, Calif.) and the L.A. Clippers. An additional home preseason game will be announced at a later date. NBA.com

ESPY Awards host Drake delivered a hilarious monologue to start the show, in which he jokingly acknowledged being a bandwagon fan and blew air in Lance Stephenson’s ear. At one point, Drake took a shot at Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and Blake Griffin’s reaction was priceless. Drake noted that the audience was just a few hundred yards from the Staples Center, which is “as close as Donald Sterling is allowed to get.” The camera immediately cut to Griffin in the audience, who tried to stifle a laugh. For The Win

July 16, 2014 Updates

WJZ has confirmed that the transgender woman killed Wednesday in Baltimore is the the brother of NBA player Reggie Bullock. Newly signed to the Clippers, Bullcok tells WJZ Kevin Long, who identified as Mia Henderson was his brother. CBS Baltimore

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

 

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