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Dick Parsons

Clippers Coach, Players May Quit

If Sterling Stays As Owner

7/22/2014 4:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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072214_richard_parsons_launchClippers interim CEO Dick Parsons says he believes team coaches and players MAY QUIT if Donald Sterling isn't removed as owner ASAP ... telling TMZ Sports, "I think there's risk to the team."

Parsons testified in the Sterling hearing today -- saying in court, "We may have defections of coaches and players if Sterling is still with the team. Including the head coach."

After the hearing, Parsons says he hopes the judge will come to a resolution quickly -- and in the meantime, he's instructed Clippers players and coaches to focus on basketball while he focuses on reaching a solution.

Translation -- He knows Sterling is poison ... and wants him out just as bad as everyone else.

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The concern for what Donald Sterling might do next is highly overstated. Donald Sterling can appeal, which is why the Judge is moving so slow and carefully to make sure he has little or no grounds upon which to make that appeal. Secondly, the NBA has stated that if the Probate Court approves the sale, then the NBA will certify the sale to Mr. Ballmer. Appealing the judge’s ruling will not stop the sale. When the NBA gives approval to the sale and it will, Ballmer is going to write a $2 billion check and give it to whom? Think about this. Ballmer is going to make out that check to the Sterling Family Trust and give that money NOT to Donald Sterling, but to Shelly Sterling, the only remaining trustee.

Right now, Donald Sterling is facing a very big squeeze, because that very nice but determined wife of his is not going to give him even one dime of that money while he continues to act outrageously to anybody. Meanwhile because Donald Sterling canceled the Family Trust, he is RIGHT NOW in DEFAULT for half a billion dollars in loans made to his trust that no longer exists. Every day this matter is not settled brings Donald Sterling closer and closer to insolvency. Where does Donald Sterling, a fellow with mental impairment, go to get half a billion dollars to satisfy those banks right now? No one with money is going to give him money today or a month or two months from now, because everybody knows that with each passing day Donald Sterling has to lower his price to avoid loosing everything.

So if you think Donald Sterling is going to appeal this court decision, think again. If he did file an Appeal or file a suit against the NBA he would almost immediately withdraw all of those actions. Suing the NBA would take seven years, so by the time it ever came to trial Donald Sterling will either be in the grave or sitting in a wheel chair stairing into space brain dead with Alzheimer’s disease. Donald Sterling has had his last hurrah. More likely Shelly Sterling is going to take him to court again, have him declared incompetent, and have the court appoint her conservator with power of attorney over the remainder of his affairs. (This will happen it is only a matter of time.) If you think Donald Sterling doesn’t know what is happening to his fortune, why was he proposing settlement at his home on Tuesday with Ballmer, Shelly, and the attorneys for both sides all in attendance? Suing everybody costs money, so where will Donald Sterling get that money when the banks are at the same time demanding half a billion dollars from him?

Think about it. This week should have been Donald Sterling’s time to put forth a brilliant defense, and answer all the plaintiffs’ complaints. Instead, the Defense has called no witnesses, and has been merely destroyed all the more by every single other witness that has come forth to testified at the trial. If you are rooting for Donald Sterling, you have to ask the reasonable question, “When is the guy going to start winning, because up to now every day has been an absolute loss?”

Donald Sterling’s own attorneys have already told him that the judge is going to rule against him in this case. My opinion is that I don't think this case has much life left in it. 95% of all trials settle before the Judge gets to rule. The Judge MAY get the opportunity to rule if Donald doesn't settle, and if the judge does rule it will be for Shelly Sterling. Right now it is almost more likely that Donald Sterling will certify the Clippers sales before July 28th because he has to make peace with Shelly. If he doesn't make peace with his wife, Donald Sterling, the billionaire, will actually go bankrupt while Shelly Sterling sits on the entire two billion dollars from the sale of the Clippers waiting for husband, Donald Sterling to become more reasonable.

94 days ago

Morton Lipshitz    

I hope the team folds. Better yet, the whole NBA should fold!

94 days ago


is Donald Sterling mentally instable? I assume most of the players have contracts, but they don't last forever. Who in their right mind risks losing the kind kind of money he would if all the players jump ship. No players, no team, nothing to sell. The old fool should just take his money and go enjoy what time he has left here on earth. He could always give the money away if he doesn't want it. I'd gladly take some of it off his hands.

94 days ago


Holy Crap do we really have to read a War and Peace response?! 💤💤

94 days ago


They can talk 'game', yet they have 'Contracts' and if they choose not to play, they will violate those contracts and be screwing nobody but... themselves.

94 days ago

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