Probate trial over Clippers ownership recessed until July 21

Friday July 11th, 2014

The probate trail to determine who rightfully owns the Los Angeles Clippers was put on hold until July 21 with closing arguments set for a week later, reports Arash Markazi of

The recess is due to two of Donald Sterling's lawyers vacation plans.

Donald Sterling is contesting Shelly Sterling's proposed sell of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a reported $2 billion. The NBA Board of Governors is set to vote on the sell Monday and if the team is not sold by September, the NBA could take over the franchise and put it up for auction.

Sterling is also suing the NBA saying they had no right to ban him from the league for life and fine him $2.5 million after he was heard on an audio recording making racist comments. 

The first four days of the trial featured doctors detailing Donald Sterling's medical exams to determine his mentally capacity and Sterling calling his wife "a pig," saying he never thought she would sell the franchise, which they have owned since 1981. 

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