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Judge Rules in Favor of Shelly Sterling, Ok’s the Sell of the Los Angeles Clippers

A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

In the tentative ruling, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided with Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling, who burst into tears when the ruling was announced.

The NBA commented on the judges ruling:

The question of whether Sterling was legally found to be mentally incompetent is likely to be the biggest piece of the appeal that Sterling will eventually file. Sterling won’t let this go, he’ll keep dragging this out as long as he can. Unfortunately for him, and fortunately for the NBA and all its fans, that’s not going to matter much because of this second part:

Levanas also ruled in favor of Shelly’s request for a provision to be enacted that would allow the sale to proceed regardless of appeals from Donald Sterling.

A crushing blow for Donald Sterling, and a huge win for the NBA who can avoid the planned vote to terminate Sterling’s ownership had the case extended past the sale’s expiration date of August 15th to be completed.

[Information used from Associated Press]

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LeBron James Announces Return to No. 23 with Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James ended weeks (?) of speculation about what number he’ll wear on his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers announcing he’ll wear No. 23 on his Instagram account — the same number he wore during his first stint with the team. It means some fans can save money on buying a new jersey.

I’m guessing LeBron’s new No. 23 jerseys will still be the top-seller in the coming NBA season.

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Dwyane Wade Was Asked Why He Flops By a Kid at His Basketball Camp [Video]

Dwyane Wade & Brandon Marshall Sports Academy & Cheerleading Skills Camp is taking place this week. The two sports stars gave a sort of press conference at their sports academy and Wade took the opportunity to tell a story about a kid at one of his basketball camps. Apparently, in front of a large group of campers, the child asked Wade why he flops. Wade laughed as he told the story.

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Bye Bye Pacers: Lance Stephenson’s Reportedly Signs a Three-Year, $27M Deal with the Charlotte Hornets

The heart and soul of the Pacers, Lance Stephenson, has agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Hornets, after spending the last 4 seasons in Indiana.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer first reported the news:

Chris Broussard provided additional details of Stephenson’s move:

A second-round pick out of Cincinnati in 2010, Stephenson averaged 9.6 and 10.5 minutes per game in his first two seasons, respectively. As a starter in 2012-13, though, he blossomed as a do-it-all shooting guard.

Like many teams, the Hornets, while fans of Stephenson’s play, had concerns about his antics and attitude. But sources say those concerns were alleviated in Tuesday’s face-to-face meeting.

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Carmelo Anthony to Re-Sign With New York Knicks According to Reports

Carmelo Anthony’s free-agent flirtation with the rest of the league turned out to be just that.

Although several teams predictably went hard after the seven-time NBA All-Star with their best pitches and recruitments, he opted to stay home and will sign a five-year deal with the New York Knicks worth $120 million, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

Carmelo Anthony will sign a five-year, $120 million-plus contract to return to the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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Anthony might still take less than the maximum $129 million the Knicks can give him, a source said.

Anthony is expected to publicly announce his return on Sunday.

Although Anthony didn’t officially become a free agent until July 1, teams had been prepping for his potential availability for a long time. And when he opted out of the final year of his contract with the Knicks on June 23, things quickly picked up.

“Carmelo loves being a Knick, he loves the city, and he loves the fans,” agent Leon Rose said at the time, via ESPNNewYork.com’s Ian Begley. “At this stage of his career, he just wants to explore his options.”

It’s fine if Carmelo wants New York and the big bucks. The money’s guaranteed; championships aren’t.

The one who loses privileges is Carmelo. He can’t claim championships as his top priority and can’t lament missing out if he never gets one. He had his chance to do something about it, and he passed.

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