NEW YORK — The NBA, Shelly Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust today resolved their dispute over the ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, the league announced. Under the agreement, the Clippers will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors, and the NBA will withdraw its pending charge to terminate the Sterlings’ ownership of the team. Because of the binding agreement to sell the team, the NBA termination hearing that had been scheduled for June 3
Has Steve Ballmer finally acquired an NBA franchise? Ever since Shelly Sterling claimed to have her husband Donald’s approval to move forward with the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, she has moved at a blistering pace to field bids in hopes of securing a legitimate buyer before the NBA Board of Governors convene Tuesday, June 3 to vote to have them removed as team owners. Since initiating the bidding war for the Clippers, Shelly’s husband—estranged or not—has
Two billion dollars. Want to see the zeroes? $2,000,000,000. That is what the Los Angeles Clippers will be sold for, unless Donald Sterling can somehow prevent it. This is just nuts.
As the Donald Sterling storyline moves forward, now he’ll reportedly hand the team over to his wife Shelley, who will look to sell the Clippers, the endless stream of reactions continues to flow. Celtics forward Jared Sullinger recently endorsed a Columbus-based company called Lamp Apparel, which created an anti-Sterling line of t-shirts. This was Sullinger’s post on Instagram: The @NBA is laying down the Hammer or Donald Sterling showing us all Racism is no longer tolerated, no matter how much money you make. NBA
Disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has finally found a legal battle he is unwilling to wage. Banned for life by the NBA following published racist remarks, Sterling has decided to allow his wife, Shelly, negotiate a forced sale of the team with the league, according to published reports. This comes from Ramona Shelburne, the Clippers’ beat writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com: Shelly Sterling and her lawyers have been negotiating with the NBA since her husband was banned for life by commissioner Adam Silver
The procedure to terminate Donald Sterling’s ownership of the Clippers has produced a number of amusing ironies. When the 30 NBA team executives vote on June 3, Sterling cannot vote. Even though he still owns the team, he has been banned for life under NBA bylaws. The league has appointed Dick Parsons, who once was chairman of Time-Warner, to run the Clippers. So how do you think Parsons will vote? That means Sterling’s banishment from the league will likely be by a
The NBA doubled down Thursday on the controversial ending of Game 5 of Clippers-Thunder, fining coach Doc Rivers $25,000 for blasting the officials afterward. The fine was announced by NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn and came one day after the league came to defense of the officiating crew, whose replay ruling left most fans baffled by their decision.
Sports generally and the NBA specifically have always been pioneers, years ahead of society when it comes to racial issues. Black players entered the NFL in 1946, MLB in 1947 and the NBA in 1951, all more before Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954 and over a decade ahead of the pivotal civil rights events of the 1960s. The NBA has continued to be a leader with more African-American players, coaches, GMs and owners than any other league. Even the fans