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NBA statement on Sterling decision. http://t.co/1FdBDdujGv
And with the Sterling probate court decision, it appears Byron and Doc will in fact NOT serve as co-Laker head coaches. AK
Donald's lawyer said he was calm. He only saw this as one battle in a long war.
Steve Ballmer's lawyer said Steve will keep the team in L.A. The team name will also stick for the foreseeable future.
Shelly Sterling and Steve Ballmer's lawyers said they expect the sale of the Clippers to go through by Aug. 15.
Shelly said she expects Donald's ban will one day be lifted and he'll be able to attend games again.
Shelly Sterling addressing the media. http://t.co/ntbuDVBBmN
Max Blecher: "It goes without saying I'm disappointed."
Lots of hugs and handshakes between Shelly Sterling's lawyers outside the courtroom.
Shelly Sterling is crying. "I'm just happy it's over. A great man will be taking over the team now."
We're done for the day. Shelly Sterling wins the day and maybe Steve Ballmer gets the Clippers.
The judge has been talking for 30 minutes and it's all positive for Shelly Sterling's side.
The risk of harm is no speculative says the judge because of the testimonies from Shelly's side, including Dick Parsons.
The judge does order 1310b. This is huge. Shelly in a clean sweep.
Judge believes if NBA takes team and sells it at auction it would not go for as much because of the pending lawsuit.
Judge said Dean Bonham, Donald's witness who said he was Nuggets president (he was not) was not credible.
Judge said the Clippers are owned by the Sterling family trust and Shelly had every right to sell the team.
Donald's side had said 1310b was only for life and death cases, judge says that's not true.
Judge sounds inclined to grant 1310b He's talking but it's been a clean sweep for Shelly so far.
Now to the big one.... 1310b regarding appeals.
Judge rules that Shelly properly removed Donald as a trustee and negotiated the sale of the team. Shelly wins round 1.
Judge rules that Shelly was acting as a sole trustee when she entered into the binding term sheet.
Judge said there was no need for the doctors to tell Donald the ramifications of the exam. That would only heighten his anxiety.
Judge doesn't believe Donald turned down the sale because it was bad for the trust. He thought it was a good deal.
Mitch Kupchak in statement: Johnson "possesses elite athleticism, and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender.”
So far so good for Shelly. Basically judge believes everything she said but not Donald but we have a ways to go.
Johnson presumably will not be asked to play PF (Lakers only have a million). So could find more room to grow as traditional wing
Judge believes Shelly was credible when she said Donald wanted her to get what she could get in the sale of the team and supported her.
Judge believes Donald did tell Shelly to sell the team after the league was to hold a meeting to vote him out.
Driving a UHaul from Utah so a bit behind, but the Lakers announced previously reported Wesley Johnson signing.
Judge did not find any credible evidence that Donald's exam with Dr. Platzer took place at Polo Lounge and that Dr. Platzer was drunk.
Judge: "Shelly Sterling's testimony was far and away more credible."
Court finds that Shelly was told to sell the team and that she and Donald agreed to sell the team.
Court finds the two doctors Shelly had look at Donald were credible.
Judge said the court finds Shelly's motivation to getting Donald tested was because she was legitimately concerned.
Judge said he found Shelly's testimony that Donald was losing capacity over the last three years to be credible.
Judge said there is no credible evidence of a secret "Plan B."
Judge is laying out ways in which Donald can be removed as a trustee.
Judge said Donald Sterling did not lack capacity when he signed the trust.
Judge says oral tentative decision will take about an hour.
Judge thanks all the lawyers.
An oral tentative decision will be announced by the judge soon.
Cutler requests a stay and says, "We are concerned they will sell the team today."
Closing arguments are done in the Sterling trial.
Important to have some athleticism/length next to Kobe on the wing. Johnson's shot will need to improve, as will his consistency on O and D.
Johnson showed flashes last year, and also struggled at various points of the season. Being on the floor w/Kobe pushing him could help.
Cutler said the capital gains tax on a $2 billion sale of the Clippers would be close $650 million.
Cutler using sellouts and players not boycotting in saying that there is no danger in coaches or players leaving now.
LAL announced W. Johnson's re-signing. Kupchak: "Wesley possesses elite athleticism ... has potential to dev. into an excellent defender.”
Cutler works at Ruttenberg's law firm. She was also in my graduating class at USC.
Stefanie Cutler, who hasn't spoken during the trial yet, is presenting Donald's side on 1310b.
O'Donnell said if the judge rules in Shelly's favor along with 1310B (appeal-proof) the sale of the Clippers will go forward.
O'Donnell said if the NBA takes over the team and begins process for a sale that process could drag on into the season.
O'Dpnnell on the Clippers if they are not sold: "There is a risk it will crash and burn."
O'Donnell: "The Clippers diminish in value every day Donald owns them."
Donald's side objects to O'Donnell saying Doc will not coach and Chris Paul will not play if Donald is still in charge. Judged overruled.
O'Donnell: "The Clippers are in a death spiral that accelerates each passing day."
In other words, no chance Klay pulls out of camp despite trade rumors or lack of talks on contract extension w/ Dubs.
Klay Thompson initially hoped extension done b4 USA camp, but source says "he's honored to play for USA & not thinking about anything else"
The judge will hear the final closing arguments in the Sterling case at 1:30 before offering his tentative ruling.
In Vegas for USA Basketball workouts this week. Would've been pretty cool--and useful for him--if Kobe had joined for the summer, no?
The smart money is on Shelly winning in a clean sweep but hard to predict anything in this trial.
The judge's ruling later today is a tentative oral decision and not legally binding yet. But it's significant. Can't see him changing.
Shelly Sterling: "I was falling asleep in there."
All attorneys are going beyond 15 minutes they were allotted. We have been recessed for lunch. Back to wrap up arguments and get a verdict.
The judge will rule on the Sterling case after closing arguments today.
Ruttenberg, like Streisand, is reading from his paper like a book report. Lots of references to "15410 A1." Good times.
Streisand said the Sterling trust, which includes the Clippers, can't happen without prior approval from the NBA.
Streisand was planning to go long on this issue. He's skipping 10 pages ahead. Donald's side had planned to go two hours today.
Adam Streisand, Steve Ballmer's attorney, is arguing Donald's revocation of the trust and trust assets.
O'Donnell: "Donald has never met a conspiracy he didn't like."
O'Donnell said Blecher essentially confirmed Donald's plan to block this sale of the team so the NBA can take the team and he can sue them.
Pierce O'Donnell says Donald Sterling ignored his obligation to the family trust to pursue his vendetta against the NBA.
Max Blecher: "What's $100 million?" As the old saying goes, a million here and a million there and pretty soon you're talking real money.
Max Blecher said Shelly Sterling was concerned by the deadline set by "the co-conspirator, Adam Silver."
Max Blecher says Shelly Sterling's hands are "unclean" later corrects himself. "Not unclean, filthy! Filthy hands!"
Max Blecher on Shelly: "Damn the trust agreement, she was his wife!"
Shelly Sterling shaking her head as Max Blecher yells about "Plan B." Blecher says that was the plan to remove Donald as a trustee.
Judge reminds both sides that Donald Sterling's mental capacity is not a part of the trial. Both sides had agreed on that beforehand.
Max Blecher on Sterling: "This is a man who didn't want to sell anything his whole life."
Max Blecher citing an Anderson Cooper quote saying he doesn't think Sterling has dementia. Cooper isn't a doctor but whatever.
Max Blecher is yelling throughout his closing argument. Essentially saying Shelly did not have the right to sell Clippers and remove Donald.
Pierce O'Donnell goes about 20 minutes. Not bad. Judge wants each side to go about 15 minutes on each issue.
Pierce O'Donnell is basically explaining why Shelly properly removed Donald as a trustee, going over evidence laid out previously in court.
This is the most packed the courtroom has been since Donald Sterling was on the witness stand. Almost every seat is filled.
Shelly Sterling is here but Donald Sterling is not.
The judge has arrived, five minutes late, here we go.