NBA, Sterlings Step Up Clippers Ownership Drama

NBA, Sterlings Step Up Clippers Ownership Drama
(Undated) -- The banned-for-life owner of the Los Angeles Clippers says the NBA's move to push him out is illegal. Yesterday, Donald Sterling the NBA and "USA Today" sent a 32-page response to the league's reasons for banning and fining him, and calling a vote of owners to force him to sell the team. That response includes Sterling's claims that he's gotten offers to sell the Clippers for more than two and a half billion dollars. The NBA later released a statement saying it will present Sterling's response and one from his estrange wife Shelly to team owners next week when they gather for a hearing on the league's plan to order Donald Sterling to sell the team.
Meanwhile, Shelly Sterling's lawyers say she has been talking with potential buyers. She's a 50 percent owner of the team her husband bought in 1981. Shelly Sterling reportedly discussed the sale of the team on Sunday with a group led by former NBA star Grant Hill. Other prospective buyers include entertainment mogul David Geffen, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and NBA Hall of Famer and current Los Angeles Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson.