NBA: The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
CEO Richard Parsons made the statement at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The NBA has tried to force out Donald Sterling since soon after racist statements emerged on recordings in April.
“Doc is troubled by this maybe more so than anybody else,” Parsons said on the witness stand about Rivers, who is black. “If Mr. Sterling continues as owner, he does not want to continue as coach.”
Parsons said he fears there would also be an exodus of key players, including team captain Chris Paul, who also is black and heads the NBA players union.
Parsons is a former chief executive at Time Warner and Citigroup who took over leadership of the Clippers in May during the media blitz surrounding the banishment of Sterling.
Under questioning by Ballmer’s lawyer, Parsons said the departure of Rivers would begin “a death spiral” for the Clippers.
• Sterling files another lawsuit: Donald Sterling opened a third legal front in his battle with his wife and the NBA over control of the Los Angeles Clippers, charging his wife, the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver with defrauding him when they moved to sell the team to former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer.
In a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court , Sterling asked for an injunction to freeze the $2-billion sale to Ballmer and for unspecified damages.
• Cavs send Felix to Utah: A person familiar with the trade says the Cavaliers have sent guard Carrick Felix to Utah for three players with non-guaranteed contracts, a deal to give them more assets to go after Kevin Love.
The Cavs sent Felix a second-round pick in 2015 and $1 million to the Jazz for guard John Lucas and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams are not commenting on the deals.
Reports also say the Cavaliers will sign No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to a contract, an imminent deal that would prevent any potential trade from being completed for 30 days.
• McDermott signs with Bulls: The Chicago Bulls say they have signed Doug McDermott, their first-round draft pick.
Terms of the deal involving the 6-foot-8 forward from Creighton weren’t released.
NFL: Seven former professional football players are challenging a tentative class action settlement of NFL concussion claims.
Their appeal echoes their previous complaints some players won’t be fairly compensated under the settlement, which would cover nearly 20,000 retired players for 65 years.
Stars sign Roussel
NHL: Versatile forward Antoine Roussel and the Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a four-year contract.
Roussel played in 81 games last season, when he had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes, making him the only player in the NHL with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. Roussel had three assists and 27 penalty minutes in the Stars’ six-game playoff series against Anaheim.
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