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http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2014-07-15/clippers-doc-rivers-d onald-sterling-sale-steve-ballmer-paul-pierce-shelly-sterling?utm_sour ce=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter 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....

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And all you guys said we were crazy that this situation wouldn't affect us. Shame on any of you for thinking otherwise. Just so some of you know, there is a difference between people who are negative and people who are realists. I am the latter. Sorry, but some of you really turned a blind eye to this.

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Um what? We signed Hawes for MLE which is a little less than he could have got. At the end of the day the MLE was our only real asset and we got a gem for it. Cry me a river.

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Kinda like what I said in the other thread

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Yeah, it's all Sterling's fault! It's not because the Clippers had nothing other than two exceptions to spend on free agents. It's not because all the big name SFs want to cash in. It's not because Lebron just about held free agency hostage for two weeks. No, it's all Sterling's fault. Woe is us! Woe is us!

Let's ignore that the backup big problem has been fully addressed, with the dreaded boogeyman Sterling having failed to drive Spencer Hawes away. Let's ignore that Jordan Farmar, who is half black, came here despite the ongoing drama. No, let's just all go shame the Clipper fans here who actually believe in the team and think positively, because that just can't be allowed.

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I'm confused. Doesn't Doc's quote suggest that the Nets' ownership was the problem?

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I think he eluded to both team being a problem. I read it as though the Nets had a financial problem, but we have an ownership problem to the point where Doc has no owner to ask questions to or use to help get trades. No owner to bring to a meeting.

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Shame on you for believing that knowing Rivers talks out the both sides of his mouth. If Doc means just not talking to ballmer, big whoop. As far as players coming here, we got what we needed except Pierce. And that was only because the Nets couldn't take any more salary. The Nets also said they would have worked with us if we had a team willing to take on the salary. I'm glad we didn't get Pierce.

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Exactly. But it's not like we had a lot of salary to throw at players. It's not like Ballmer had a "get out of the CBA free" card in his pocket to get us a SF that the CBA prevented us from getting with the restrictions. Doc went after players he wanted and those players wanted to come here but what stopped us from getting some of them had nothing to do with ownership, had everything to do with our cap situation, or cap situation with other teams.

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Where does it say anything about that in the quote?

Ownership has nothing to do with it. Players wanted to get paid and we had no money. Look at the money above average SFs like Parsons and Hayward got. Ridiculous. We can not afford to overpay like those other teams.

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Coming into this off season, we had four problems to address.

  1. Sterling and that is being addressed He remains our albatross, but he's been weakened and the end of his involvement and ownership of this team is in sight.

  2. Backup PG. Losing Collison hurt, but Farmar is a capable backup and he could turn out to be an improvement.

  3. Backup Big. This was solved in a major way. Hawes may be the best backup center in the game who can also play some stretch 4 with Deandre on the court. He's also a perfect compliment for Griffin, since he can step away and allow Griffin to work in the paint.

  4. Upgrade SF. This hasn't been accomplished thus far, but we always knew it would be a difficult task. The good news is, we aren't worse. We know what we'll get from Barnes and hopefully, Dudley returns to form and perhaps we get some improvement from Bullock. There may also yet be a trade with Jamal going out and a SF coming in.

We were the third best team in the league last year and we've improved ourselves a bit I suspect we are still the third best team in the league Teams that could catch us are Cleveland and Chicago.

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It is hard for the Clippers to make a really big deal without ownership consent.

After all, Sterlings are the owner. So things are in limbo.

Hopefully this situation will be resolved ASAP.

If this goes on for a long time, this will hurt the Clippers,

the NBA, and the Sterlings.

A deal like what they have may never come again. Probably won't.

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The Sterlings have no control over the team and no voice in trades since being ousted by Silver. An interim CEO, Dick Parsons, has been appointed to run the team. That said, the Sterlings are still around, which is bad enough.

Also, as the former CEO of Time Warner, one must wonder. Since moving, I have had Time Warner for my cable and internet. They are easily the worst service provider I have ever had to deal with. A company of total incompetence at providing basic services. Their equipment is ten years behind the times and their staff couldn't care less about improving service.

I got out of Time Warner and brought in DirectTV for my TV, which is a huge improvement I can't find anyone in my area to take over Internet Service. Anybody know a company that is good?

AT&T can't do it where I live.

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No, it's not hard at all. Sterling is the owner on paper only. he has absolutely no power. He can't even walk in his own buildings where Clippers conduct business. If the Clippers need consent, acting owner (Richard Parsons) does it till Ballmer officially becomes owner. There is no problem here.

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Well, that quote alone is not the right one to pick. The full article has more substance.

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So he's blaming the owner for his shortcomings? Not a good look Doc.

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I use Verizon FIOS for my internet and land line phone. Works exceptionally well (finally I can stream stuff) but could have drawbacks in case of major power failures. But that is irrelevant since a power failure would shut down everyone anyhow.

I think the deal with our "budget" is,we really have no owner that can speak for the team and how much he is willing to overspend. We have guy appointed to run day to day but we have no one to officially say,"sure pay that guy 20 million a year". We have no owner to "woo" players to come here. What we currently have is an owner that makes you want to put a bullet in your(or his) skull.

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Well we kind of knew that the issue we had with sign and trades was that the teams we were trying to trade with didn't want more salary, and it isn't just that easy to find a third team to take guaranteed salary.

The owner issue I can see is luxury tax. You need an owner to know whether you can go over or not because that's their money that's going to pay that off.

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Shame on us?

Get down off your f*cking high horse! Even the head coach and president of basketball operations cannot quantify what - if any - effect the ownership situation has had on free-agency...

"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." - Doc Rivers

"Realistically"... we have addressed one of our biggest weaknesses from last year in getting a premier backup big man, and replaced a backup point-guard virtually like-for-like. Unless you believe that LeBron, Melo, Ariza or Deng were just falling over themselves to sign here for the MLE or BAE - and the ownership dispute is the only thing that stopped them - then you have nothing to b!tch about. And even if they were... we would still have had one of those other two holes to fill.

As for "turning a blind eye"... check out the Sterling thread. You'll find that nobody has kept a closer eye on the whole situation than Joe and I... keeping the board updated with every new development. Maybe that knowledge that we have sought out and shared is the very reason that we are confident in the Clippers' future. One way or another, Sterling is going down and the team will emerge from this sorry chapter stronger than they have been in decades.

This is not the end of the world... it is a RENAISSANCE!

Shame on YOU for thinking the Clippers and their fans are not strong enough to weather a short-term storm in order to become an elite franchise at last.

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Simply the fact that we have used both of our exceptions and will be again one of the highest salary teams this season, says that Sterling still fighting in court has not hurt us. It's next off season and maybe as soon as the trade deadline that Ballmer will be a big advantage for us.

Hawes is the best contract value this side of Lebron James signed in the NBA this off season. He starts for half the teams in the league and of course he's insurance in case we decide DJ is not worth the max contract he'll get in a year. Farmar I'm ok with, wish we wouldn't have signed another former Laker and I would have went hard after Jameer first but Farmar is probably not a downgrade from Collison.

Other than PP, there's nobody who could have helped us that has been signed for a price that we could have ever afforded. And even that was not possible because of the Nets financial problems.

I think it's pretty clear to most that Sterling is done, maybe tomorrow, maybe in 6 months but he's done and he can't even stop us from making moves in the meantime. Doc actually has more freedom now with Parsons as CEO than when he did have an owner who had the authority to nix good trades.

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Ironically enough, I've had TWC internet for the last year since I moved and it's been fine. I wasn't interested their TV package, so I moved my DirecTV with me, but when my TWC internet introductory special offer expired recently, I complained about the price hike and they gave me much faster speed for the same cost as the special offer I've had for the last year.

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Unfortunately that's what you have to do with everyone of the cable/satellite providers. Kick and scream each year you come up for renewal.

Been with Charter for 16+ years and it's the same process every time. Yell/swear and threaten to leave to the first person that takes the call and then you get sent over to the "save" manager who then gives you the same or better deal.

I've asked each time why someone who's been a customer for so longer gets no preference of a base scale, they just laugh and say they "kinda" understand. Grrrr.

So even when you're ready to "cut the wire" they'll still have you by the balls for their high speed (which is a joke compared to what some other countries provide at a faster and much cheaper cost) broadband internet service. Now that's a cartel at work.

Anyway, back on topic. It was the CBA/cap space that was the "villain" this time around the FA market.

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If Sterling still had control over roster decisions, why would he want a tall white guy instead of a "beautiful black body"? I rest my case.

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Charter, IMO, has the best deal in a package. Get all channels in HD, phone, and 100mbps in internet speed. I've had it for years now and it's pretty reasonable when you realize just how fast the internet is. They don't throttle your internet during the evenings like a lot of other providers do and they were never part of the "six strikes" anti-piracy rule that most providers voluntarily joined. Not that I needed it, but just glad Charter didn't succumb to the pressures of the MPAA, and Congress.

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YOU GET OF YOUR f***** HIGH HORSE YOU F****** POS! This is exactly what I'm talking about. You have been one of the blind optimists telling people like me that I'm negative that this situation wouldn't hurt us. I'm sorry but if you are telling the ownership situation has nothing to do with why people aren't signing here you are crazy. We got fortunate with Hawes and Farmar, but that doesn't fix the holes we still have and we can't fill them.

Second, where did I say that Clipper fans aren't strong enough? Read my post and you will see that I said nothing of the fact. It's people like you and Joe who seem to think you know everything and are never wrong about anything that I have an issue with. You were calling people like me negative and not a true Clippers fan for thinking so. I didn't know that being able to see things for what they are didn't make me a die hard Clipper fan. But go ahead, tell me I'm wrong.

Confidence is one thing, but telling people to stop thinking or writing because you don't like what you see is another thing. When this whole thing is settled, maybe I'll have some confidence. Until then, I will continue to be skeptical. If you have a problem with that just ban me.

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Unfortunately that's what you have to do with everyone of the cable/satellite providers. Kick and scream each year you come up for renewal. Been with Charter for 16+ years and it's the same process every time. Yell/swear and threaten to leave to the first person that takes the call and then you get sent over to the "save" manager who then gives you the same or better deal. I've asked each time why someone who's been a customer for so longer gets no preference of a base scale, they just laugh and say they "kinda" understand. Grrrr. So even when you're ready to....

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We had 3 needs. Backup big, Defensive Wing & backup PG in that order.

We had 2 exceptions. MLE & BAE.

We filled 2 of our 3 holes.

A lot of teams have bad contracts. Hou had Asik & Lin @ $15mil($8.4 cap hit) LAL has Nash @ $9mil, CHI w/ Boozer @ $15, etc...

Dudley at 2yrs/$4.25mil annual could be worse, let's count our blessings.

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And IF Duds can return to his previous production numbers that turns into a plus.

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You're just going to hand-wave the fact two of the three big needs the Clippers had were pretty easily solved, huh? They don't solve the SF problem, but it's not Doc's fault Deng and Ariza found playoff teams that could spend big on them.

There's a fine line between being skeptical and being someone that seemingly almost wants the team to fail. Right now, you're crossing that line. Really, I wish many here would stop being so negative about every single thing. How people like you and others here who constantly bash their own team can claim you're fans, I have no idea.

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I have never told anyone they're not true Clippers fans so lets get t5hat straight off the bat. I have said that people here love to be negative for the sake of being negative even when the facts are in front of their face. I have a problem with people making judgements on this probate court thing when they have no idea what is being litigated. I don't know everything and never claim I did. I didn't even know a lot about probate court until I got familiar with the issues, what is at stake, and how it worked. Guess what? I got a little more knowledgeable just by reading articles and keeping up with the proceedings. So when I hear negative stuff that contradicts the facts, I will speak up. That's all I've done.

Even now, you came in this thread trying to bash those that tried to set people straight, and you're still wrong. I bet all you did was read the title of this thread without reading the article and you saw your opening. Too bad you got it wrong again. Next time, try reading the article to see if your gotcha moment is really legit.

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First of all... site warning for a personal attack. Call ANYONE a "F****** POS" again and you're gone for good. No debate.

Now that's out of the way, let's address some of your "points" shall we?

Nowhere have I ever said you're not a "true fan" OR told you to "stop thinking or writing" ANYTHING... I wasn't the one who started throwing out drama-queen statements like "shame on you". That was you.

If you can find a single example of a better free-agent than we actually got who wanted to sign here for what we had to offer, then please produce it. I'd really like to know which of the big fish was dying to take a huge pay cut, but Donald Sterling not quite being gone yet outweighed his desire to give up 10, 15 or 20 MILLION DOLLARS per year to play for the Clippers for $5million.

I thought I read LeBron's entire essay, but I must have missed the part where he said that playing for 1/4 of his salary and being labeled even more of a ring-chaser than when he joined Wade and Bosh in Miami would have been so much better than being the prodigal son who returned to his home town a hero.

You call me blind... I believe I am just able to step back and truly appreciate the bigger picture, whereas you are truly myopic if you believe that trading the worst owner in basketball for the richest and one of the most engaged and eager to win owners in the league will come easily and without a struggle.

If you can show me how us fans running around acting like armageddon has arrived will get rid of Donald even one minute sooner, I'll happily join you...

If not... then just chill the f*ck out, dude.

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As a latecomer to the Clippers dance, I can attest that Clipper Joe, an excellent poster (along with Agent 0) has never once pulled the "not a true fan" card on me. In fact, I was surprised by the warm welcome (with some Reps, too!) I received here. (Contrast that with the "traitor" label I got over there for just supporting the other LOS ANGELES team -- even though I live in Los Angeles.) Now let's get "back to the topic at hand," as Snoop said.

Fighting a lying piece of crap with tons of money and an army of expensive lawyers, it will take a while, even for the wealthy NBA, to finally rid the Clippers of the Sterling cancer. Just as Jim Buss, with top tier incompetency. a pea sized brain and an outsized ego, has destroyed the Lakers, Donald Sterling, left unchecked, could do the same to the Clippers -- maybe even worse. But he will not be left unchecked.

It will take some time, but he will be gone -- if not literally (a possibility) but at least contractually.

I caution against too much pessimism -- or optimism. This will be an arduous task. There will be bumps in the road. (Sterling bamboozling Commish Silver is but one bump.)

Yes, we might lose some free agents as a result. Still, with the acquisition of Hawes, Farmar and this "shooting out of his mind in the Summer League" M'Baye kid, we have done quite well -- better than many established, well-heeled teams.

I am gonna watch the 3 PM Summer League game and enjoy it. I suggest we all stop worrying, leave it up to Moneybags Ballmer and Cool Hand Doc, and trust that the long range prognosis is great. In fact, a lot better than at least 28 teams in the NBA.

Maybe even thirty!

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ClipperDodger you will be lucky if David doesn't ban you without allowing you to get 3 warnings for such a blatant and personal attack of another poster. That post probably deserves two warnings to be honest.

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Telling someone to get off their high-horse isn't really much of an attack. Calling someone a piece of sh** on the other hand is about as personal as it gets.

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I first want to apologize for my completely irrational and inappropriate posts on this board. I've had a dreadful 24 hours in which my uncle was told that he likely die from his stomach cancer and my mother getting t-boned by another car, putting her in the hospital. This however does not excuse my behavior and I regret taking my emotions on you guys.

The point I was trying to make is that this situation is not good for this team and will be a very nasty distraction as long as it continues. I saw people saying that this won't affect us, it won't affect us, it won't affect us. It clearly has had an impact because I truly believe if we had an owner who was willing to set the bar as far as payments and going over the tax, Ariza or Pierce could have come here. But because we couldn't do that and we had to try and get involved in a Sign and Trade, it was impossible to do so. Obviously the financial problems of Brooklyn and Washington certainly didn't help us, but if the sale had been completed, I think things could've ended differently.

Also, I am a Paralegal at a law office and both of my parents are lawyers(my dad is very good friends with Pierce O'Donnell and apparently will get to meet him when this finally over). I've learned a lot about the law and will continue to do so. My parents disagree over wether or not Shelly has done this legally, but we all agree that this will end.

The point is that I just want this who fiasco to be over with so we and this franchise can move on to bigger and better things. I certainly know that there will be bumps along the way but I also know dragging this further and further can only hurt the team than help it. I know Sterling won't give up so easily but the sooner this is all done the better. Seeing Sterling do everything in his power to drag this further just adds to my nerves.

Again, though, I do apologize for my irrational posts and apologize if I offended anybody. I know I have issues and I am doing my best to address them. Everyone makes mistakes and hopefully I will learn from this one.

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Hey, mate...

Check your PM's for my personal reply, but needless to say I think I speak for the whole board when I say that we're all rooting for you and your family and your apology is, of course, accepted. Repped for being a big enough person to acknowledge a mistake.

I find it very interesting that your parents disagree on the potential outcome of Sterling vs. Sterling, but if legal minds always agreed, there would BE no trials. To my mind, the telling aspect is that this case was barely even permitted into court by the assigned judge. His comments from day one have indicated that he believes Shelly has fulfilled her obligations as outlined by the trust agreement. Now if Donald can demonstrate that she hasn't, then yes, he could win the case - but he will not retain ownership of the Clippers under ANY circumstances.

As for how his shadow has affected free-agency, I don't think you quite understand the implications of the latest CBA. The reason we aren't paying tax (and doing S&T's) has nothing to do with Sterling's effect on players' desire to be here. Dick Parsons has full authority to run the franchise however he sees fit... including going into luxury tax for the right deal.

We didn't manage to execute a S&T only because our cupboard is bare... we really don't have the assets that the teams we wanted to deal with need. Jamal has some value, but what would we get back? Right now, we couldn't give Dudley away with his contract!

Honestly, I can't see a single deal that we could have made that we didn't make. Sign-and-trades have to have three WILLING participants... the two teams AND the player, whose agent is in his ear telling him about the cap-space team that can offer him twice as much. So, with or without Sterling, our hands were tied.

Anyway, we should see how this all pans out fairly soon. After watching Silver's press-conference today, I'm confident that the NBA is finally looking out for the Clippers... even if it's against our own owner!

Best wishes to your family and stay strong.

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First, my condolences for your current situation.

You seem very mistaken as to how paying for players in the NBA works though. No owner, whether it's Cuban, Sterling, or Arison, could just go over the tax in the Clippers's situation. Because of how much the Clippers have been paying for their current roster, there was simply no way the Clippers could pay Pierce or Ariza anything other than the MLE, the BAE, or the vet's min. The only other option was through trades, and unfortunately, things just didn't work out. Considering what happened last season, the Clips would've been in this situation regardless of who the owner is right now.

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Silver: No guarantee on D. Sterling Updated: July 15, 2014, 10:53 PM ET By Ethan Sherwood Strauss 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. 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....

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Really sorry to hear about your family situation Dodgers. Will keep you in prayers. Just know that Clippernation is a pretty strong brotherhood. None of us are your enemies, despite the occasional heated debate. I'm sure the guys you're arguing with would be there for you if it really came down to it. If you need someone to talk to feel free to private message me any time! Keep us posted on what happens with your mom and uncle please!

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I don't like that Sterling news one damn bit Page. He's slacking off since banning Donald and putting his head in the sand. If Shelly loses in court the RIGHT thing to do would be to call an IMMEDIATE board meeting within a few days to vote him out. Not schedule it a month or two out like they were doing before. If the league doesn't want to lose revenue and fans they better not treat this like something that can just work itself out.

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I don't like that Sterling news one damn bit Page. He's slacking off since banning Donald and putting his head in the sand. If Shelly loses in court the RIGHT thing to do would be to call an IMMEDIATE board meeting within a few days to vote him out. Not schedule it a month or two out like they were doing before. If the league doesn't want to lose revenue and fans they better not treat this like something that can just work itself out.
That report is just trying to sensationalize. I watched the presser live and Silver was....

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Thanks guys, I just got home from visiting her, she's actually doing fine, will likely leave with only a couple cracked ribs and hip thankfully. Unfortunately my Uncle just hasn't been as fortunate health wise the last 2 years. He was diagnosed with it about 2 years ago and it's just gotten worse and worse. I will keep praying.

But yeah this news is not good to hear at all. A month ago they said everything they were confident everything was going to go smoothly. Now it seems Silver realizes he shouldn't have cancelled the vote. The NBA has to know there is going to be hell if Sterling isn't officially removed. I hope it never gets to that because if it does, the NBA will have about as ugly of a situation as you can get.

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Glad to hear that.

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if Donald is still owner by opening day I would rather the team just not play to force Sterlings hand. Other teams will follow and then the courts will see how damaging this is for business.

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That report is just trying to sensationalize. I watched the presser live and Silver was just being smart by not to trying to preempt a court's decision. He basically said that Shelly is on firm legal ground and he's very confident about the outcome, but if Donald somehow wins, the NBA will proceed with ousting him. To quote his answer to David Aldridge asking if he can guarantee that the Sterlings will be gone by the beginning of the season... "The only reason I can't say it with certainty is if some court would step in and stop us. I think....

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Ownership has been hurting this franchise for 30 years. Sterling has made it his passion to keep the Clippers from being successful since first owning the team.

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That's all well and good, but this isn't some talent show where entertaining an audience will win him something. The only person who will decide whether Shelly was legally in control of the trust is the judge, and although he has given Donald's side lots of latitude to state their case and delay proceedings, you even said yourself that they made him angry.

My guess is that the very reason he has allowed them to have their expert testify by video (even though his opinion of Donald's mental health is irrelevant in this case) and delay closing arguments (which is not uncommon) is to preemptively shoot down any grounds for an appeal by giving them every possible opportunity to win. But the fact remains, the judge himself said that this case shouldn't even be in court. To quote: "I could decide this case in five minutes". No "smoking gun" evidence was produced at trial. The best argument Donald's team could come up with was that one of the Doctors went for dinner with Shelly after the exam and they allege she was "drunk and emotional".

Aside from having no evidence to back up their allegation, its relevance is tenuous at best since the examination was already over. Literally nothing was revealed in that courtroom that changed the essence of this case, but if the judge discovers some obscure precedent or piece of language in the trust during his review and finds in favor of Donald, then fine... THAT is when the NBA steps in and terminates his franchise.

He may be suing them for years to come in an antitrust case, but it will not delay the sale. The only way he can prevent the sale is by getting an injunction against it until the antitrust case is settled, and that will not happen because the players' union is in lockstep with the league. By threatening to strike, they are making the threat of the entire NBA being unable to conduct its business very real. An injunction would mean the end of a multi-billion dollar industry with thousands of people's livelihoods affected. No judge in America will sanction that.

Donald may still be on the radar for the next few years, but it will be by suing the association for financial damages, NOT control of the Clippers. Then it will be the league's turn to delay and disrupt proceedings... for as long as it takes until Donald goes to "entertain" that big courtroom in the sky.

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So true but some people will find reasons to deny that ahahahaha

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For the good of all parties, the deal must go through.

For Ronald Sterling even if he kept ownership of the Clippers it will not work.

He has lost the respect a good owner needs. Him retaining ownership will

only destroy the Clippers from within.

For both Sterlings the money sale is higher than they would get in a

regular market. They have a very unusual buyer that is hard to find.

The other offers were more like what is normal.

For the NBA, to clear this mess and get on with business is what is required.

The NBA fans are tired of looking at Donald Sterling looking like a villain. It is not

good for the image of the owners and the NBA.

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