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Donald Sterling saga could be in holding pattern for a while


Shelly Sterling is asking a court to verify her claim that she can sell the Clippers.

Proceedings began today, but they could take a while.

Dan Woike of The Orange County Register:

Michael Martinez and Linda Hall of CNN:

She also asked for an expedited hearing if the court couldn’t rule outright on her petition, said Pierce O’Donnell, Shelly Sterling’s attorney.

A hearing could be held in a week or two, O’Donnell said.

Update: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

As a reminder, the stakes are high for Shelly. If she loses this stage, the NBA will vote to remove Donald – and her with him – as the Clippers’ owner. That means the NBA will sell the team and give the Sterlings the proceeds, and Shelly won’t have a chance to negotiate herself a place in the franchise’s future with Steve Ballmer as the owner.

But the NBA almost assuredly won’t hold that vote unless Shelly is ruled not to control the trust that owns the team. If that trial won’t even begin until next month, not much of significance will likely happen in the interim.

There will be a lot of bluster, and Sterling’s ridiculous lawsuit against the NBA – a separate issue – will proceed. But the Clippers will remain the Sterlings’ until this aspect of the case wraps up.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.

Is DeMarcus Cousins MVP worthy? “It’s mine to grab”

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Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.

This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?

He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.

The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.

“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”

As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.

“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”

Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.

I think Cousins can help provide that.

I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.