Los Angeles Clippers: A raging Donald Sterling denounced his wife, her lawyers and the NBA from the witness stand Wednesday, saying he will never sell the Los Angeles Clippers and vowing a lifetime of lawsuits against the league.
“Make no mistake today,” Sterling shouted toward the end of his second day of testimony in the trial to determine his wife’s right to make a $2 billion deal to sell the Clippers, “I will never, ever sell this team, and until I die I will be suing the NBA for this terrible violation under antitrust.”
He was followed to the stand by wife, Shelly, who tried to approach him in the front row of the courtroom after she was done for the day.
“Get away from me, you pig!” Sterling shouted.
The judge then admonished him to make no further comments.
Sterling began his testimony by saying he loved his wife, but then denounced her. He said she told him to have psychiatric and neurological exams only because he had turned 80, and she was concerned for his health.
“She deceived me. I trusted her,” Sterling said. “I never thought a wife wouldn’t stand for her husband.”
Donald Sterling’s lawyers are challenging the authority of Shelly Sterling under the family trust to unilaterally cut a deal for the team with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
Before she made the deal, two doctors examined Donald Sterling and declared him mentally incapacitated and unable to act as an administrator of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.
Sterling said he was certain his wife had never read the trust documents because it was too complicated for her to understand.
During examination by his own lawyer, Maxwell Blecher, Sterling was asked about his wife’s position in the trust if he were to be disqualified as a trustee.
“She has no rights whatsoever. She has no stock. She has no standing whatsoever,” Sterling said.
He also lashed out at the NBA, saying: “My wife was terrified. She’s frightened to death. She thinks the NBA will take away everything she worked for. She was scared out of her mind.”
The NBA banned Donald Sterling for life and moved to force him to sell the Clippers after a recorded conversation in which he made racist statements came to light earlier this year.
He denied he was a racist from the witness stand when asked Wednesday.
Dallas Mavericks: The DMavericks have made a move at small forward, agreeing with restricted free agent Chandler Parsons on a three-year offer sheet worth more than $45 million.
Houston will now have to decide whether to match the offer.
Two people with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday night that Parsons agreed to the offer sheet with the Mavericks, while a third person confirmed the terms. The people commented to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the offer sheet can’t be officially signed until Thursday, when the NBA’s moratorium on signing free agents ends.
The Rockets would then have three days to match the offer, though it wasn’t immediately clear if they would do so for the 25-year-old forward who has played for them the past three seasons. Parsons was a second-round pick out of Florida in the 2011 draft.
Dallas got an agreement in place with Parsons even before small forwards Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James announced where they will play, a signal that the Mavericks are most likely out on the two most prominent free agents.
Anthony visited the Mavericks at the start of the free agency period, but Dallas owner Mark Cuban has acknowledged that he couldn’t offer the forward a max contract.
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists last season for the Rockets. He has played 213 games, starting 207 of them, while averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists.
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have signed first-round draft pick Jabari Parker to his rookie contract.
General manager John Hammond announced the signing Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Parker is guaranteed a minimum of about $8.5 million in the first two years before Milwaukee has team options on his third and fourth seasons.
Parker was the second overall selection in this year’s NBA draft behind Andrew Wiggins, who was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The drafting of Parker is a critical move for a franchise with new ownership looking to build a new arena. The team last week also fired coach Larry Drew after one season and replaced him with Jason Kidd after sending two future second-round picks to the Brooklyn Nets as compensation.
San Antonio Spurs: While the rest of the NBA world waits in limbo for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to decide where they are going to play next season, the San Antonio Spurs just keep quietly making sure the band is getting back together for a run at a second straight title.
In the middle of the James hysteria on Wednesday, the Spurs issued a two-sentence press release announcing that coach Gregg Popovich had agreed to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
After beating the Miami Heat for the franchise’s fifth championship last month, the Spurs quickly found out that Tim Duncan would indeed return next season. Deals with Patty Mills and Boris Diaw ensured that the roster would remain largely intact, so there was little doubt that the 65-year-old Popovich would return for a 19th season on the Spurs bench.
That was confirmed on Wednesday in a presentation that was predictably light on fanfare. No comments from Popovich. No statements from GM RC Buford or owner Peter Holt. No big deal, just the way Popovich likes it.