What It Was Like To Coach For Donald Sterling, Who Wanted To Be Feared

These days, the Los Angeles Clippers are in pretty good shape. The team is worth $2 billion, is a perennial playoff contender, and has been free of the ownership of racist shitbag Donald Sterling for over a year. With the Clippers entering a new era, one in which they aren’t the most embarrassing franchise in pro… » 5/12/15 10:24am 5/12/15 10:24am

What It Was Like To Cover The Sterling-Era Clippers, Where Madness Ruled

These days, the Los Angeles Clippers are in pretty good shape. The team is worth $2 billion, is a perennial playoff contender, and has been free of the ownership of racist shitbag Donald Sterling for over a year. With the Clippers entering a new era, one in which they aren’t the most embarrassing franchise in pro… » 5/07/15 1:43pm 5/07/15 1:43pm

What It Was Like To Play For The '80s Clippers, The Worst Team In Sports

These days, the Los Angeles Clippers are in pretty good shape. The team is worth $2 billion, is a perennial playoff contender, and has been free of the ownership of racist shitbag Donald Sterling for over a year. With the Clippers entering a new era, one in which they aren’t the most embarrassing franchise in pro… » 5/06/15 11:46am 5/06/15 11:46am

Judge Rules V. Stiviano Must Return $2.6 Million To Shelly Sterling

Before the world knew V. Stiviano as the girlfriend former Clippers owner Donald Sterling made racist comments to on tape, Shelly Sterling was suing her for $2.8 million. Shelly Sterling’s lawyers argued in court that that, because she and Donald Sterling are married and their assets are community property,… » 4/15/15 1:41am 4/15/15 1:41am

2014 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Donald Sterling

Donald Sterling lost ownership of the Clippers after he was caught on tape being racist. (We already knew he was a vile man, but an actual recording was too much to ignore.) After NBA commissioner Adam Silver banned him for life, Sterling threatened to sue everyone basically every other day before Steve Ballmer bought… » 1/06/15 12:00pm 1/06/15 12:00pm

Donald Sterling's Stink Is Fading From The Clippers

Donald Sterling's son-in-law Eric Miller left the Clippers this summer, new owner Steve Ballmer told the LA Times Wednesday. Miller was the team's Director of Basketball Administration last season, one of the more senior members of the Doc Rivers-helmed Basketball Operations department. Ballmer said that Miller was… » 9/25/14 1:19am 9/25/14 1:19am

Shelly Sterling Officially Named "Clippers Number 1 Fan" For Life

The NBA made Steve Ballmer's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers official today, even though this was breaking news a couple months ago. As part of the sale, the Clippers have agreed to bestow a collection of perks upon Shelly Sterling, one of which will designate her as the Clippers' "Number 1 Fan" for the rest… » 8/12/14 6:16pm 8/12/14 6:16pm

Judge Rules Against Donald Sterling, Who Will Lose The Clippers

Donald Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers was finally wrested away from him thanks to a judge's ruling on Sterling's lawsuit against his wife, Shelly, which was meant to block the sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer. The judge ruled a clean sweep in favor of Shelly Sterling, and the sale of the team… » 7/28/14 6:11pm 7/28/14 6:11pm

Court Documents Reveal Owning The Clippers Is A License To Print Money

Thanks to Donald Sterling's ongoing legal battles, ESPN was able to get its hands on something called a "bid book," a report prepared for the Sterlings by Bank of America that details the Clippers' financials as well as what kind of bids the Sterlings should have expected from prospective buyers. There's a lot to be… » 7/23/14 5:21pm 7/23/14 5:21pm

CFO Of Sterling Trust Says Clippers Sale Necessary To Pay Off Loans

When Donald Sterling dissolved the Sterling Family Trust, the entity that ran the Clippers, he was trying to prevent the sale of the team to Steve Ballmer. It's pretty simple: if the trust did not exist, it couldn't sell anything to anyone. Only, it might not be that simple. According to testimony from Darren Schield,… » 7/22/14 1:01am 7/22/14 1:01am

Drake's Donald Sterling Rap Provided The ESPYs' Most Awkward Moment

Because the ESPYs are a celebration of ESPN's ability to celebrate celebrities, and exist in their own state of acute unreality, it's always fun when the real world—the one ESPN's reporters cover, often aggressively—decides to intrude. In 1998, it arrived in the form of Norm Macdonald lighting the whole room on fire… » 7/17/14 12:00pm 7/17/14 12:00pm

Drake Serenades Side Pieces With Brian McKnight, Takes On Donald…

So, the ESPYS took kind of a dark turn tonight. It started off innocently enough with Drake performing a medley interlude, starting with a song about the athletes who have never won anything—taking playful jabs at Dan Marino, Danica Patrick, and others—and then he started singing about side pieces. And then Brian… » 7/16/14 10:39pm 7/16/14 10:39pm

Donald Sterling's Not Getting Along Nicely With His Wife In Court

Donald Sterling was back in court today against his wife Shelly. His testimony had a few bizarre moments yesterday, and the circus continued today. More importantly, though, there's a strong feeling that this shit won't be over before the NBA Board of Governors meeting on July 15 to approve Steve Ballmer as new… » 7/09/14 10:46pm 7/09/14 10:46pm