Donald Sterling hinted in his interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he might not put up the legal fight he’s been expected to mount to keep the Clippers, as Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding observes. Ding asserts that Sterling’s wife, Shelly, doesn’t pose as significant a stumbling block to the NBA’s plan to strip the team from the family as reports have indicated. Once the Clippers emerge from the mess, they’re poised to become a glamour franchise, Ding writes, noting that some around the Lakers are “hugely worried” about the success of the Clips and the specter that Magic Johnson or another celebrity will soon own them. Here’s more on the Clippers:
- Magic shared his thoughts with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about Donald Sterling’s reluctance to let the Clippers go: “He’s a man who’s upset and he’s reaching. He’s reaching. He’s trying to find something that he can grab on to help him save his team. And it’s not going to happen” (passed along by Shelby Grad of the Los Angeles Times, hat tip to the Chicago Tribune).
- The NBA Advisory/Finance committee held a conference call on the Clippers and will reconvene next week (first passed along via tweet from RealGM). Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today passed along that the committee discussed Donald and Shelly Sterling’s recent TV appearances, interim CEO Dick Parsons, and the ownership termination process (Twitter link).
- Earlier today, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin recoiled at Donald Sterling’s claim that the Clippers players still love him, notes Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
- Pierce O’Donnell, Shelly Sterling’s attorney, says they’re “ready to go to war” over the league’s contention that it can remove her from ownership of the team at the same time it votes her husband out, as O’Donnell tells Scott Cacciola of The New York Times.
- In the same interview, O’Donnell threatened to depose owners and personnel from other teams around the league in a potential lawsuit against the NBA. “To answer your question, of course I’ll ask for discovery. But it’s in everybody’s best interests to avoid Armageddon,” O’Donnell said.
- Shelly Sterling tells Cacciola that she hasn’t spoken to other owners in the league since her husband was banned, but she suggests owners around the NBA would stick up for her husband if they weren’t afraid of a player backlash.
- We passed along the latest on Magic Johnson’s bid to buy the Clippers earlier today.