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Donald Sterling: “I feel very good. Everything is just the way it should be.”


Donald Sterling wants to be seen, to be remembered as a good man.

He doesn’t see himself as a bad person (does anybody themselves as evil outside the pages of a comic book?), and over the years he has long donated a lot of money to charities in Los Angeles — so long as he could be seen doing it. (There were also the promises he made and ads taken out to congratulate himself on things like a Skid Row project for the homeless, which he never bothered to actually build.) Tuesday night Sterling was at a benefit for the Shelter Partnerships, which helps the homeless in Los Angeles County.

That’s where Fred Roggin, the long time sports anchor for NBC’s Los Angeles affiliate, caught up with Sterling and got to speak with him. Roggin asked him how he was doing and it led to this exchange:

Sterling: “I feel fabulous. I feel very good. Everything is just the way it should be, really. It may have worked out differently but it’s good. It’s all good.”

Roggin: “So you’re done, you’re okay?”

Sterling: “(Pause) Well, I’m okay. Is the NBA okay, I’m not sure about them. Is Adam Silver okay? I’m sure he’s okay.”

Roggin: “So now you move on with your life?”

Sterling: “Move on.”

Good on Roggin for not letting Sterling walk off without answering questions.

You also know that whatever Sterling says on camera, he’s not ready to move on.

Sterling’s attorney told the Los Angeles Times recently it’s not about the money or the team anymore with Sterling, it’s about his reputation. He doesn’t want to be seen as a racist (so he’s attending a famous predominantly black church in Los Angeles) and he doesn’t want to be seen as mentally incapacitated (which is what his wife Shelly Sterling got doctors to say, removing his power from the Sterling Family Trust and allowing her to sell the team to Steve Ballmer… all with the NBA’s guidance). That may be an out — would Donald Sterling sign off on the sale of the team if she got the doctors to say he was competent?

It’s hard to say. Much like this interview. Because whatever Sterling says to the camera, whatever he says to someone’s face in public, how he acts and reacts privately has long been very different.

LeBron says “get it done” message was for both Cavaliers, Thompson

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Everything LeBron James does and says gets magnified and scrutinized.

So when he put out this photo on Instagram standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Tristan Thompson and the caption “get it done” it seemed a message to the Cavaliers.

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

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LeBron clarified that on Sunday, saying this has become a distraction, and the message was for both sides to bend, as reported by Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.

When Thompson didn’t sign the qualifying offer he surrendered a lot of leverage, the Cavaliers don’t have to raise their five-year, $80 million offer — but reportedly they still would, a little. Thompson and his agent Rich Paul have pushed for a max contract, but that’s not happening.

At some point, the two sides will come to an agreement. For the Cavaliers, this is a distraction, their star is unhappy with that, and ultimately if they are going to make a title run they need the energy and rebounding Thompson brings (even if it is just off the bench). For Thompson, he can’t make up a year of lost salary, he has to come in and start getting paid at some point.

The two sides will get it done. Eventually. Likely before the season tips off.

China basketball qualifies for 2016 Olympics

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China has secured the ninth and final Olympic men’s basketball berth awarded this year.

China earned the bid to the 2016 Rio Games with a 78-67 win over the Philippines. 2016 first-round draft prospect Qi Zhou had 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting up the Olympics to be his big introduction to American fans.

Former NBA player Yi Jianlian won tournament MVP by averaging 16.7 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 blocks per game.

This will be China’s ninth straight Olympic appearance.

The Philippines, who got 17 points from Andray Blatche in the final, will still go to an Olympic Qualifying Tournament next summer with a chance to reach Rio.