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Silver: No guarantee Sterling out by season start



By JON KRAWCZYNSKI

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Eyebrow-raising testimony, abrupt changes of plans, courtroom delays. If there is one thing NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has learned during the Donald Sterling saga, it's that there are no guarantees.

So when Silver was asked Tuesday if he could say Sterling would not own the Los Angeles Clippers by the time next season comes around, he said he could not.

"It's very difficult to say anything with certainty in a situation like this," Sterling said after the Board of Governors' meeting. "I can say with certainty we are doing everything in our power to move Donald out as an owner in the NBA."

Sterling, who was banned by the NBA for life for making racist remarks, is challenging his wife Shelly's planned sale of the Clippers for $2 billion to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in court. A judge recently delayed the next hearing until July 21, and closing arguments are scheduled for July 28.

When Ballmer originally reached an agreement with Shelly Sterling to buy the team, the planned timeline included an approval vote by the board on Tuesday. But the court case has pushed everything back well past the expiration of Ballmer's offer. The deadline can be extended, and Silver said the league is waiting for the process to play out.

"We're in essence on hold since that sale is being challenged by her husband as to whether she has the right," Silver said. "If the court finds in her favor, the sale will move forward. If not, we will move forward with our own proceedings."

Before Shelly Sterling agreed to sell the team to Ballmer, the NBA was moving forward with a plan to terminate Sterling's ownership of the team. During the trial, Shelly Sterling testified that she discussed with Silver the possibility of his lifetime ban being reduced to help facilitate a sale of the team.

"It's accurate that we had the conversation," Silver said. "Shelly and I had several conversations over the course of the last few months in which Shelly proposed all kinds of things to me. And frankly it's never been quite clear if she's able to speak for Donald."

Silver said he asked for a proposal in writing from Donald Sterling, but never received one.

Donald Sterling, who at one point in the proceedings called his wife "a pig" in the courtroom, contends she has no right under a family trust that owns the Clippers to single-handedly sell the team. Shelly Sterling contends she has the authority and two doctors hired by her testified that her 80-year-old husband has Alzheimer's disease and is mentally incapable to act as administrator of the trust.

Rather than holding a vote for approval of Ballmer as an owner, the advisory/finance committee met with him.

"We had an excellent session with him and he talked to us about his passion for NBA basketball and his desire and interest in owning the team," Silver said.

In other news from the meetings:

-Silver said the league's new replay center will open in September and be used on an experimental basis in the WNBA and NBA preseason games. Officials at the center will be able to review calls in question, but the final decision will still be made by the officials in the arena.

-The Competition Committee broached the subject of a midseason tournament similar to the FA Cup in English soccer. "We're looking at other opportunities in the league to create excitement," Silver said.

-The board heard a review of officiating and Silver said they are "satisfied" with the state of refereeing in the game. "I'm very focused on the public perception of our officiating," he said, "and we want to make sure that the public has complete confidence in the integrity of our game and the integrity of our officiating, and that's something we continue to talk about and look for ways frankly to improve that."

-Of course, Silver couldn't resist putting his personal take on gambling on the record in Sin City: "I personally enjoy being here, although I don't gamble as the Commissioner of the NBA for the record. Not because there's anything wrong with it, I just don't think I should be gambling as the Commissioner."

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bigcatdaddy July 16 2014 at 1:25 AM

Silver did like many people do jump the gun because God forbid someone said something about blacks. Silver needs to man up admit he was wrong apologize to Mr Sterling and let the B Ball season begin this fall.

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bizonly123 July 16 2014 at 2:02 AM

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH? WHAT MORON THINKS YOU CAN REMOVE BIGOTRY FROM A MANS HEART BY FORCING HIM TO SELL SOMETHING HE OWNS? AMERICA HAS BEEN TAKEN OVER BY AGENDA DRIVEN LIBERALS THAT ARE TRYING TO DICTATE LAW...DO NOT ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN..IF THE PLAYERS REALLY CARED THEY WOULD JUST QUIT AND TAKE THE PAY LOSS, BUT THEY DONT THEY CARE ABOUT THE MONEY MORE THAN THEY CARE WHAT A BIGOT STATED IN PRIVATE...DONT BE DECEIVED, THIS IS JUST ANOTHER PLOY BY THE LIBERAL SCUM THAT IS SLOWLY TAKING OVER OUR POLITICAL SYSTEM...TIME TO PUT AN END TO THIS MADNESS, OUT WITH THE LIBERAL SCUM SEND THEM PACKING NOW...

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jmccomb38 July 16 2014 at 12:53 AM

Barkley says he hates white people, but he is married to one

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mvnup July 16 2014 at 6:21 AM

Mrs O “For the first time in my adult life I’m proud of my country”. That PUBLIC statement wasn’t offensive and racist towards nonblacks? It sure wasn’t first lady like. I wonder if she is still so proud?

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investigatorkch July 16 2014 at 12:07 AM

silver....IDIOT of the year

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savannahswithgod investigatorkch July 16 2014 at 9:58 AM

Silver 2 Billion richer in the end IDIOT?

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Carol savannahswithgod July 16 2014 at 10:21 AM

savannah - You mean STERLING 2 billion richer in the end IDIOT?

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John savannahswithgod July 16 2014 at 12:53 PM

You are a special kind of stupid aren't you. SILVER won't be richer with anything. HE doesn't get the money from the sale of the team. STERLING does however. HE will be 2 billion richer if this goes Silvers way. Might want to educate yourself about something before chiming in. I don't even watch or care for basketball and still know enough to not make a dumba$..$..statement like you just made...so tell me again how forcing a racist to become 2billion richer is such a punishment..smoke and mirrors...its feigned indignation...but I'm willing to bet you ALWAYS vote dumbocrap so I'm sure you know all about feigned indignation..

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bd2thebone investigatorkch July 16 2014 at 2:53 PM

Century

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moooooooooochelle July 16 2014 at 11:49 AM

QUEEN LATIFAH: A SECTION OF MY POOL IS FOR HAMMERED WHITE GIRLS

MICHELLE OBAMA: WHITES IN AMERICA ARE "INERADICABLY RACIST"

ICE-T: I DONT HATE WHITES I JUST GOT A DEATH WISH FOR THEM

SPIKE LEE: I WILL ONLY DO AN INTERVIEW WITH A BLACK PERSON

RICHARD WILLIAMS: SPIRLEA IS A BIG TALL WHITE TURKEY

CHARLES BARKLEY: THATS WHY I HATE WHITE PEOPLE

MICHAEL JORDAN: I WAS AGAINST ALL WHITE PEOPLE

MUHAMMAD ALI: ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE DEVIL

TRAYVON MARTIN: CREEPY CRACKER

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blo2thehead moooooooooochelle July 16 2014 at 12:32 PM

Sheriff Bart:
Where da white women at?

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zrsz1 moooooooooochelle July 16 2014 at 12:48 PM

you can say what you want if your black

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mvnup July 16 2014 at 6:22 AM

Racism is very prevalent today. Affirmative action is a good example of that. It’s kind of sad that racism is written into law.

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crusader626 July 16 2014 at 6:27 AM

NBA doesn't have the right, that call was a trap by a hooker n magic johnson cause he wants the team. NBA gone to the dogs.

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rjen164497 July 16 2014 at 7:15 AM

Bullying an elderly White person who may have some health problem is okay? All Sterling needs to do is change his birth record to BLACK. No matter what age they would back off.

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airborneinore July 16 2014 at 2:53 AM

Silver sounded big time in the first stages of this mess and ready to show who is boss , but he is now learning money talks and bullshit walks.

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savannahswithgod airborneinore July 16 2014 at 10:00 AM

People with money talk, not money. Politicians talk about People but it is about the money they care not about people. Same as Biz. Same as you and me?

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wlh1923 airborneinore July 16 2014 at 11:08 AM

Yeah, and that bizarre looking nebbish as the face of the NBA? NBA needs a new look.

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