The Clippers are playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals tonight at home. The series is tied 1-1, and is arguably the most-contested matchup in the playoffs. Off the court, another battle has been raging. Since the NBA issued a lifetime ban on Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling, everyone from Oprah to Floyd Mayweather Jr. have expressed interest in buying the club.
It remains to be seen, of course, whether Sterling would concede to a sale of the team, which the league is forcing him to do. Adding another wrinkle to the saga is Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly, who has hired a lawyer seeking to retain her 50 percent stake of the Clippers.
Does Shelly Sterling has the legal right to keep the Clippers? Regardless, a NBA source has told Forbes that it is not an outcome the league wants to entertain. Would you like to see Shelly Sterling retain ownership of the team?
Howard Wasserman, writer for Sports Law Blog; Law Professor, Florida International University