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July 15, 2014 Updates

Rivers also said that he would have liked to bring in Paul Pierce, who helped him win a championship in 2008 and played under Rivers for nine seasons in Boston. Pierce wanted to come home to LA, but the financials did not line up, and he wound up going to the Wizards. “We talked a lot,” Rivers said. “Quite honestly, a sign-and-trade just wasn’t possible. That would be great, but Paul ends up in Washington and that’s great for him. But clearly, we have a relationship — and he has a relationship with LA, that is where he is from. That would have been great. But it just couldn’t happen. They’re in a tough situation because they have so much money — 100 million (payroll). So they can’t take on any more salary and a sign-and-trade would mean they’re taking on more salary. They literally just cannot do it. We knew it would be hard. We tried every avenue and it just wouldn’t work.” Sporting News

For coach and team president Doc Rivers, that’s a bit of a hassle. He is not officially able to sit down and work out details with Ballmer, but said he has “accidentally” run into Ballmer a few times. “(A meeting is) not really allowed,” Rivers said here Monday as NBA Summer League play continued. “Bump-ins like today, I don’t know how that happened — things like that. It’s good, I look forward to that. It has hurt us some this summer. You go in to talk to a free agent and most guys, teams will bring their owner. I go in, looking like this, by myself. I don’t know what effect that has had but that’s not been great for us.” Sporting News

July 14, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers announced today that they have signed first round draft pick C.J. Wilcox. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Wilcox, the 28th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, was a Second-Team All-Pac-12 performer for the second-straight year during his final season at Washington. The 6-foot-5 inch Wilcox averaged 18.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 32 games as a senior for the Huskies, hitting 90 3-pointers, leading the Pac-12 in 3-pointers per game (2.8), good for 32nd nationally. NBA.com

This isn’t even fair. The Clippers’ Jamal Crawford played in a Seattle Pro-Am tournament this weekend and absolutely destroyed the competition, dropping 51 points one game and then 53 points the next. He also appeared to be dishing out assists at will. Crawford, at age 34, shows perfectly just how much better NBA players are than your average player. For The Win

Glen 'Big Baby' Davis' NBA contract must not say anything about moonlighting ... 'cause the Clippers forward was in his hometown this week pushing fried chicken in the drive thru of a fast food chain. It happened Wednesday in Baton Rouge when Glen stopped into Raising Cane's -- a super popular (and delicious) chicken finger joint -- and got behind a register during the lunch rush. "Just another day working the drive through at @Raising_Canes. Come see me on Sherwood Forest Blvd in Baton Rouge." Glen tweeted. TMZ.com

July 13, 2014 Updates
July 11, 2014 Updates

David Shields’ 1999 book Black Planet follows Shields as he covers the 1994-1995 Seattle Supersonics and attempts to address the “white guilt and white voyeurism and white homosexual panic” pervasive in the team's coverage. It’s regarded as one of the best basketball books ever written—and it’s now one of James Franco’s next film projects. Shields, Franco, and co-writer Michael Logan have adapted Black Planet for the screen. After its release in 1999, the New York Times called it a “risky and brilliant” look at the struggle to have a real conversation about race in pro sports. Now, after the Donald Sterling controversy, Shields and Franco think it has new life. Esquire

Shelly Sterling attended to many details in her rush to sell the Clippers before the NBA would seize the team, but was unaware of the 11th-hour maneuver to push aside her husband and team co-owner, Donald, she told a Los Angeles court Thursday. Sterling said it was only after the deal was nearly sealed her lawyers told her they had obtained doctors' reports on Donald's mental incapacity and she could use the reports to remove him from the family trust that controlled the team. Los Angeles Times

She said she acted lovingly when she urged Donald to be evaluated. Her main concern, she testified, was to assess her husband's deterioration. Donald Sterling's lawyers said regardless of Shelly's motivations, the medical examinations appeared to be part of a cynical set-up by a bunch of "hired guns." Los Angeles Times

They say Shelly Sterling and, in particular, O’Donnell, corrupted the results of Platzer and Spar’s examinations and worked together to oust Donald Sterling from the empire he alone built. “She has to come in (to court) with what the law calls, ‘clean hands.’ And you could see today, it’s not clean,” said Max Blecher, an attorney for Donald Sterling. “It was a vicious little conspiracy that was put together with her and the lawyers.” While on the stand, Shelly Sterling and Blecher shared some heated exchanges about her intent, with Shelly insisting she didn’t know about any behind-the-scenes plan for removal. Orange County Register

With a deadline looming next week to approve the deal, a judge on Thursday delayed the next hearing. But lawyers said a deadline extension was probable. Lawyers for disgraced team owner Donald Sterling told the judge more witness testimony was necessary but they could not return until July 21 because of personal plans. So Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas put off the next hearing and scheduled further sessions that will culminate with closing arguments on July 28. USA Today Sports

 

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