LTLakerFan wrote:He called Shelly a "pig" in court yesterday and said he will be suing the NBA until the day he dies.
LAS VEGAS -- NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed media after the NBA's Board of Governors meeting with a variety of information on how the NBA product might improve.
Adam Silver sees the positives for the NBA in all the attention the free agent frenzy has delivered
What he couldn't promise, though, was the extrication of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who remains in a legal dispute with the league over his contested ownership of the team, before the beginning of the 2014-15 season.
"I can't say with certainty because it's in the hands of the probate court right now, and Donald is in the process of suing us for lots of money and we're defending ourselves against those lawsuits," Silver said.
While Silver continues to profess that the NBA will prevail in either getting Sterling to sell the Clippers or wresting control of the team from him via the legal system, the commissioner could not give ironclad assurances.
"It's difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this," Silver said. "I can say with certainty that we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA."
The commissioner announced that the NBA has yet to approve ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, whose $2 billion bid on the team was accepted on May 30 by Shelly Sterling in a written agreement.
In addition to the update on the Clippers situation, Silver spoke of several changes and proposals. He announced that the NBA's replay review system will be aided by a replay center in Secaucus, New Jersey. Silver also floated the idea of a televised NBA awards show, and a midseason tournament.
Silver also addressed his thoughts on LeBron James' decision to leave the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, a decision he learned of on Twitter, "when virtually everyone else learned about it." Silver said he was moved by James' statement that appeared in Sports Illustrated.
"I've gotten to know LeBron pretty well over the years," Silver said. "From that standpoint, I really am more like a fan. This seemed to be a great moment for the league. And again, I understand it's Miami's loss, but that's always going to be an issue when you have such a transcendent player like LeBron."
Donald Sterling files a new lawsuit
Sterling Files New Lawsuit
LOS ANGELES -- Donald Sterling filed a suit in Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon seeking damages from the NBA, commissioner Adam Silver, his wife Shelly Sterling, and the LA Clippers Basketball Club alleging they violated corporate law in attempting to sell the franchise to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Sterling argues that he is the sole owner and shareholder of LAC Basketball Club, a franchise and private corporation that manages and runs the Clippers. He transferred those shares into the Sterling Family Trust in 1998, but when Sterling revoked that trust on June 9, the shares of the corporation reverted back to his name and his wife had no authority to sell them.
The lawsuit comes as testimony in a trial in California probate court continued Tuesday to determine whether Shelly Sterling acted properly in selling the team to Ballmer. Donald Sterling was removed as a trustee from the trust when two neurologists examined him and determined he was mentally incapacitated and unfit to conduct his legal and business affairs. He has since objected to the sale.
Donald Sterling also has a federal lawsuit against the NBA seeking $1 billion in damages. Tuesday's lawsuit was filed in Superior Court. It is not known whether the judge in probate court will seek to consolidate this lawsuit with the current trial.
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Donald's lawyers made it very clear today he WANTS the NBA to try and terminate him and sell the team because it opens up his antitrust suit
Judge Michael Levanas allowed the sale of the Clippers to go forward Monday afternoon, ruling in favor of Shelly Sterling on all three counts in a probate court trial against Donald Sterling.
The ruling in Los Angeles Superior Court included an extraordinary order that essentially renders any appellate court intervention meaningless.
Levanas made the announcement after almost two hours of closing arguments between lawyers for Donald Sterling and Shelly Sterling in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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Clippers owner Donald Sterling gestures while attending a game between the Clippers and Lakers in December 2011. Sterling is fighting to have a say in the franchise's future after remarks he made about blacks led to a lifetime ban from the NBA.
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Donald Sterling speaks to reporters during a 1981 news conference to announce he had purchased the San Diego Clippers. Sterling purchased the franchise for $13.5 million and moved the team to Los Angeles in 1984.
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Donald Sterling smiles during a 1981 news conference introducing him as the new owner of the San Diego Clippers. Sterling bought the team for $13.5 million and moved the franchise to Los Angeles in 1984.
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Clippers owner Donald Sterling, second from right, watches the Clippers play an exhibition game against the Lakers in October 1984.
Donald, Shelly Sterling
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Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends a dinner in his honor with his wife, Shelly, at Cal State Los Angeles in November 1985.
Shelly Sterling wants the judge to uphold the removal of her husband as trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers, on grounds of mental incapacitation. That would clear the way to implement her May agreement to sell the franchise to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
During the morning's closing arguments, Max Blecher, an attorney for Donald Sterling, accused Shelly Sterling of “an invidious scheme to strip Donald Sterling of his ownership rights of the Clippers.”
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With a raised voice and waving arms, Blecher, calling the situation “unconscionable” and “devious,” described NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as a co-conspirator with Shelly Sterling.
Pierce O’Donnell, representing Shelly Sterling, dismissed Blecher's assertion, saying, “This was an argument for the media, not for the court.”
Earlier, O'Donnell put the case in simple terms.
“The doctors certified Donald as incapacitated. That’s the end of the matter,” O’Donnell said.
432J wrote:well it looks like uncle fester...er i mean steve ballmer is now officially the clippers owner
what a shame. i was hoping sterling somehow found a way to stay on so that the team could go back to being the complete mess it was not too long ago
Steve Ballmer new Clippers owner
Updated: August 12, 2014, 3:23 PM ET
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Sale Of Clippers To Ballmer Finalized
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Clippers Sale Finalized
The Los Angeles Clippers officially have a new owner.
Steve Ballmer's bid to purchase the Clippers closed Tuesday after the entry of an order by a California court confirmed the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, the league announced.
Ballmer, a former Microsoft CEO, bid $2 billion for the Clippers in May.
"I am humbled and honored to be the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers," Ballmer said in a statement released by the team. "Clipper fans are so amazing. They have remained fiercely loyal to our franchise through some extraordinary times. I will be hard core in giving the team, our great coach, staff and players the support they need to do their best work on the court."
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Steve Ballmer, left, officially is the newest owner in the NBA, taking over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.
The NBA's board of governors interviewed Ballmer on July 15, then took a vote electronically last week to approve him as an owner, sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
Ballmer decided he would complete the sale as soon as Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas' written order came in, which occurred at 11:30 a.m. ET Tuesday.
"We were ready," Adam Streisand, Ballmer's attorney, said. "Within minutes, the deal was signed, sealed and delivered."
Ballmer's takeover of the Clippers follows weeks of legal tussling between Shelly and Donald Sterling, the 80-year-old billionaire whom the NBA banned earlier this year for making offensive remarks about blacks. Donald Sterling still is expected to appeal the sale, sources told Shelburne.
The NBA, meanwhile, has filed a counterclaim in federal court against Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust, saying he caused "devastating and incalculable harm" to the league, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The counterclaim was in response to an antitrust lawsuit Donald Sterling filed against the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver in June. According to the Times, the league is seeking to recover damages from Sterling's controversial remarks.
Ballmer was one of at least six bidders to express serious interest in owning the Clippers, who were bought by Sterling in 1981 for $12.5 million.
Shelly Sterling signed an agreement to sell the team to Ballmer on May 29, then was forced to secure a court order to confirm her authority as sole trustee to go ahead with the sale.
"I am thrilled that the Clippers now have such a wonderful new owner," said Shelly Sterling, who as part of the deal was given the title of "Clippers Number One Fan" and "owner emeritus." "I am happy for the team, the fans, the sponsors and the city of Los Angeles."
Drafts of the Clippers' sale bid book, given to bidders by Bank of America and obtained by ESPN.com, revealed that the $2 billion price would be 12.1 times the expected 2014 revenues of the team. The bid book noted that the highest previous sale was the record that Ballmer beat, the Milwaukee Bucks, who sold for $550 million this year and a then-record five times total revenue.
There's real earnings in this business. There's real upside opportunity. So compared to the things I looked at in tech, this was a reasonable purchase and it's one I'm really excited about. Plus, I'm really excited about the product. I love it. I've been to over a hundred basketball games in the last year and that's just high school games.
-- Steve Ballmer, new Clippers owner
Ballmer defended the amount of his bid in an interview with ESPN.
"Lots of people run lots of numbers," he said. "I feel like I paid a price I'm excited about. It obviously was a price that was negotiated and I feel very good about it. It's not a cheap price, but when you're used to looking at tech companies with huge risk, no earnings and huge multiples, this doesn't look like the craziest thing I've ever acquired. It's my own personal money, and you're just as careful with your own money as you are with your shareholders' money.
"There's real earnings in this business. There's real upside opportunity. So compared to the things I looked at in tech, this was a reasonable purchase and it's one I'm really excited about. Plus, I'm really excited about the product. I love it. I've been to over a hundred basketball games in the last year and that's just high school games."
Ballmer previously had been involved in a failed bid to buy the Sacramento Kings and relocate them to Seattle. On Tuesday, he put to rest any thoughts of relocating the Clippers, saying, "There's a hundred reasons [not to move them]. ... I'm all in on the Los Angeles Clippers."
The official sale of the team to Ballmer caps a tumultuous few months for the organization, starting when Donald Sterling's racist comments to his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, were publicized by TMZ in April.
Last month, Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul said it would be "unacceptable" if Sterling still owned the team when the 2014-15 season began. Doc Rivers, meanwhile, had said he wouldn't want to continue as the Clippers' coach if Sterling remained in that position.
Rivers called Tuesday "an amazing new day in Clippers history."
"I couldn't be more excited to work together with Steve as we continue to build a first-class, championship organization," he said in a statement. "I am already inspired by Steve's passion for the game, his love of competition and desire to win the right way, and I know our players and fans are going to be inspired as well."
Paul and several other players concurred.
"I am very excited about Mr. Ballmer's purchase of the Clippers," Paul said. "I've had a chance to meet him and his excitement for the game of basketball and our team is going to be great for the league, the city of Los Angeles and Clipper fans everywhere."
Added All-Star forward Blake Griffin: "Today is a great day for the Clipper organization and fans everywhere. I look forward to having Mr. Ballmer as an owner and continuing our pursuit of a championship."
Ballmer, Rivers and Clippers players will attend a fan festival announced for Monday at Staples Center.
Information from ESPN's Darren Rovell and ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi was used in this report.
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