The story that won’t go away is one step closer to going away. Donald Sterling is running out of options in his fight to maintain ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.
BREAKING: Judge rules against Clippers owner Donald Sterling, OKs sale of team to ex-Microsoft CEO.
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 28, 2014
With a deadline of August 15th rapidly approaching to complete the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer, this is the best possible news for the Clippers. A California trust law provision will prevent any possibly appeals from Sterling delaying the sale any further. At this point it seems to be full steam ahead in the quest to rid the Clippers of their long-time racist owner.
At the same time this all but ends the thought of Doc Rivers, Chris Paul and other team members possibly boycotting the upcoming season. Things appeared to be headed down that path last week, as Sterling was still fighting hard to keep ownership of the team, but now the chances of a boycott have gone down significantly.
Hopefully everything else in the sales process goes smoothly from here on out. Clippers fans have to be extremely tired of this ongoing situation, as do most NBA fans around the world. Sterling has needed to go for a long time, and now it appears he’s down to his last few grains of sand.
Here’s to hoping that the Clippers can start a new era this season without any further complications.