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NBC News: Donald Sterling agrees to sell Clippers, drop lawsuit against NBA


Donald Sterling sounded oddly at peace in a recent interview.

I say oddly because he filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the NBA after essentially declaring war on anyone who believed had wronged him. That’s not a calm life situation.

But he probably knew something we didn’t.

Sterling — along with his wife, Shelly — will and approve the sale of the Clippers, NBC News has learned.

“Donald Sterling officially announces today the NBA and Donald Sterling and Shelly Sterling have agreed to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2billion and various additional benefits. All disputes and outstanding issues have been resolved,” Bobby Samini, one of Sterling’s attorneys, told NBC.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN added details:

If Sterling wants to repair his image, it won’t be an easy process – nor should it be. There’s no guarantee a lifetime would be long enough to atone for his misdeeds.

But this was absolutely the best step he could have taken. Sterling needs to get out of the spotlight, let the hatred toward him dissipate.

Then, he can either remain in the shadows and live out the rest of his life or re-emerge and prove he’s changed.

That option would not have existed as long as the Clippers sale and lawsuit hung in the balance.

Finally, we can all move on. Sterling most of all.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.