The NBA didn’t become a billionaire’s ball until April of 2014, when former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer paid $2 billion for the Clippers after Donald Sterling’s forced exit. Everyone in league circles knew the massive TV deal was coming by then, and so this became a costly risk worth taking. Fertitta’s record price was eclipsed in October, when Alibaba co-founder Joseph Tsai bought 49% of the Brooklyn Nets at a valuation of $2.3 billion (according to ESPN, he has an option to acquire controlling interest in 2021). “We were hell-bent that we weren’t going to lose (the bidding) this time,” Fertitta said. “But you can’t make somebody sell something to you if they don’t want to sell it. But all we could do is shoot every bullet we could, and I think Tad, you know we did – a lot more than anybody else.”
May 26, 2018 | 10:03 pm EDT Update
Ramona Shelburne: Chris Paul is not playing in this game, but he is dressed. Mike D’Antoni joked with @ESPNRadio there needs to keep a buffer between him and CP so he doesn’t get tempted to send him in.
James Harden’s now-done drought of 22 straight missed 3s is the second longest such streak in the playoffs over the last 20 years, according to ESPN Stats & Info research. Robert Horry missed 24 straight in 2003.