Sale Of Clippers To Ballmer Closes; NBA Counter Sues Donald Sterling
The Clippers and the NBA today announced that Steve Ballmer has closed on his purchase of the team after a court order confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling to sell the team. Ballmer will appear alongside Clippers coach Doc Rivers and several players at a FanFest event Monday at Staples Center (Clippers).
Meanwhile, the NBA this week in federal court filed a counterclaim against Donald Sterling and the Sterling Family Trust, saying the banned owner caused "devastating and incalculable harm" to the league. The claim, filed in U.S. District Court in L.A. yesterday, is in response to Sterling's June antitrust suit against the league and Commissioner Adam Silver. The NBA is seeking to "recover damages related to the owner's recorded comments denigrating blacks" (LATIMES.com, 8/12).