D. Sterling bid to block Clippers sale denied

Updated: August 8, 2014, 9:51 PM ET

ESPN.com news services

LOS ANGELES — The California appellate court late Friday denied a request from deposed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to block the sale of the team.

Sterling had asked the court earlier Friday to block the $ 2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Lawyers for Sterling said the judge prematurely finalized his ruling so the sale can be completed without a chance to appeal.

Sterling’s appellate lawyers said in their request for a writ of mandate that if the sale goes through, “Donald will have lost a unique and irretrievable asset: a ‘trophy asset’ coveted by high net worth individuals around the world — one of thirty NBA franchises in the country, and one that under Donald’s thirty-year ownership has recently become one of the most successful.”

Ballmer’s lawyer quickly denounced the move as part of Sterling’s “egotistical crusade to destroy the Clippers if he can’t keep the team, and he can’t.”


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