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Chris Paul talked with Doc Rivers about boycott if Donald Sterling remains Clippers’ owner

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Chris Paul says he has talked with head coach Doc Rivers about a potential boycott if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers when the NBA season begins.

Paul, who is a leader on the Clippers and president of the NBAPA, told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that it’s “unacceptable” if Sterling is still the team’s owner when the season begins. To that end he talked with Rivers about the possibility of sitting out games.

“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul told Goodman Thursday. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”

Interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified that Rivers has said he does not want to coach the team if Sterling is the owner. Paul also intends to talk with his teammates about the possibility of a boycott.

Sterling is in the middle of a lawsuit aimed to determine whether his wife acted improperly in selling the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. His hope is to have the sale of the team to Ballmer blocked. He also filed a lawsuit in May alleging that the NBA acting improperly with their harsh punishments against him. As if those two suits weren’t enough, Sterling filed a third suit this week in which he accuses wife Shelly, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver of defrauding him.

It looks like Sterling aims to get the sale of the team stuck in a legal jam that will allow him to linger as team owner for as long as possible.

Paul’s words are probably more of a threat than reality. Perhaps the thinking is that if the Clippers’ leaders can present the real possibility of a boycott, the legal system would have to answer these problems sooner rather than later.

Donald Sterling lost his dang mind in court, berated lawyer, called out wife and NBA

Donald SterlingDonald Sterling lost his dang mind in court Tuesday when he testified in the case regarding his removal as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Donald’s wife, Shelly, had her husband examined by two doctors in May who both declared he was mentally unfit to run the team. As a result, Shelly became the sole controller of the Sterling Family Trust — which owned the Clippers — and received the NBA’s blessing to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling is suing and saying he was not legally removed as owner of the team.

[Related: Donald Sterling couldn’t number a clock, spell words backwards]

The man who initially made his career and name as a lawyer was in peak condition Tuesday and as combative as you could imagine while testifying in court. ESPN’s Arash Markazi live-tweeted the testimony and described Sterling as “combative” and “argumentative.” Some of the quotes indicate Sterling called out his wife, the NBA and the opposing lawyer.

Take a look at some of these gems as described by Markazi.

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Report: Donald Sterling went out for drinks with doctor after mental capacity exam

Donald SterlingDonald Sterling is in the process of trying to prove that he is still capable of running the Los Angeles Clippers. Prior to Shelly Sterling negotiating a sale of the team with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Donald was declared mentally incapacitated when he couldn’t perform simple tasks like numbering a clock or spelling words backwards.

According to ESPNLosAngeles.com’s Ramona Shelburne, Sterling will now argue that the findings of one of the doctors who examined him are invalid. Why? Because the doc supposedly went out for dinner and drinks with Sterling, his wife and a family friend after the exam.

In court documents filed last week, Donald Sterling’s attorneys said that “it was unclear at what point a medical examination ceased and a social interaction began, with the consumption of alcoholic beverages taking place.”

(Sterling’s attorney Bobby Samini) said Monday night that when the doctor in question is cross-examined during the four-day trial that is set to begin July 7, he would ask whether “any part of your professional evaluation would take into consideration the conversation you had with him at the Polo Lounge.”

Sterling’s attorneys have decided that they will now examine whether Shelly Sterling followed the correct procedure outlined in the Sterling Family Trust regarding competency. In other words, Sterling’s legal team will focus on the exam procedure itself rather than whether he is actually mentally competent.

The time Donald Sterling tried to wreck Chris Paul’s marriage

Donald SterlingDonald Sterling is such a repugnant being, he once tried to publicly ruin Chris Paul’s marriage.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne has a pretty incredible piece on Sterling that is full of incredible details and insight about the man and his character. We really recommend you read the entire thing.

One of the notable nuggets mentioned in the lengthy story concerns a party Sterling threw in 2012 to celebrate the Clippers making the playoffs. The whole story about the party is pretty funny, so we’ll include it below. The stuff about CP3′s marriage is just plain sad.

From Shelburne’s story:

In 2012, [Sterling] hired Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin impersonators for a party to celebrate the Clippers’ playoff berth. The Marilyn impersonator tried and failed to coax Blake Griffin and Chris Paul up on stage with her before seductively serenading then-coach Vinny Del Negro while everyone in the room watched. “It was awkward, to put it nicely,” Griffin says. “Vinny ended up biting the bullet for us there.”

Later, Sterling brought Paul up on stage with him. He asked for a round of applause for the point guard who had elevated the franchise to a new level, then joked, “Why is this guy married? Look at all the beautiful women in L.A.” Paul’s wife was in the audience. He smiled uncomfortably and said, “Because I love my wife.”

That’s Sterling in a nutshell for you. Not only is the guy doing his best to encourage CP3 to divorce his wife, but his lack of awareness just shines through. He has no idea about how terribly he comes off for trying to make such a suggestion. And who does that at a formal event full of wives and families?

Below are CP3 and his wife, Jada:

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Donald Sterling relaxes with new girlfriend in Palm Springs

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Donald Sterling is currently wrapped up in a legal battle with the NBA, but that doesn’t mean the Los Angeles Clippers owner is not going to enjoy his down time. Over the weekend, Sterling was spotted relaxing at the luxurious JW Marriott in Palm Springs, Calif.

A source told Radar Online that Sterling was cozying up with a new girlfriend, who happened to be an African-American woman. The two checked in on Friday and reportedly did not seem concerned with who spotted them.

“He didn’t seem to have a care in the world and it looked pretty clear why that chick was with him,” Radar’s source claimed. “They were being really affectionate with each other.”

While we don’t know if the young lady he was with was actually his girlfriend, we do know that Sterling was at the Marriott. A guy named Mark who was at the same hotel snapped a photo of Sterling strutting through the resort. He also managed to take a selfie with Sterling and his lady friend lounging in the background.

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Donald Sterling couldn’t number a clock, spell words backwards

Donald SterlingDonald Sterling lost control of the Clippers after he was declared mentally incapacitated, which made Shelly Sterling the complete controller of the family trust.

So was Donald being declared mentally incapacitated part of some evil ploy by Shelly to have the team sold to Steve Ballmer? Or were there legitimate reasons for it? It sounds like the latter was true.

The medical results of Sterling’s neurological exams were filed in court, and the results definitely indicate the old man has mental issues.

According to TMZ Sports, one neurologist said Sterling was unable to number a clock. The neurologist also said Sterling had trouble with reverse spelling and serial subtraction.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne says Sterling was unable to spell “clock” backwards.

Both neurologists who examined Sterling said the old man was unfit to run the Clippers.

Shelly Sterling going to court, concerned Steve Ballmer could back out of deal

Shelly-Sterling-Donald-SterlingNow that Donald Sterling seems to have made up his mind that he is going to fight to keep the Los Angeles Clippers, his wife Shelly Sterling has decided she will take Donald to court in an attempt to finalize her control over the Sterling Family Trust.

According to Tami Abdollah of the Associated Press, Shelly is seeking an emergency order for a hearing to try to convince a judge to grant her full authority to sell the Clippers. Shelly has previously stated that she is the sole trustee of the Sterling Family Trust and does not need Donald to sign off on the sale of the team after neurologists determined last month that he suffers from dementia and is “mentally incapacitated.”

Sterling’s lawyer Max Belcher claims Donald is fully capable of handling his own affairs.

“There isn’t the slightest evidence he’s incapable of managing his affairs,” Belcher said.

A separate report from TMZ claims Shelly is growing concerned that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer could back out of his $2 billion agreement to purchase the Clippers. The tentative deal between Shelly and Ballmer reportedly contains an escape clause for Ballmer if it is determined that she does not have clear control over the team.

Should Donald win his case against Shelly and prove he is mentally fit to remain owner of the Clippers, the NBA will revert to its original plan of forcing Sterling out through a vote. David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the league “initiated termination protocol” against Sterling last month but halted the process when it appeared Sterling was going to agree to give up the team.

The only thing we are certain of as the saga rolls on is that there are a ton of moving parts. That means the entire ordeal is going to take some time to sort out. Whether the legal proceedings are enough to scare Ballmer away remains to be seen.