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Shelly Sterling, 79, speaks at a press conference with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell and Steve Ballmer's lawyer Adam Streisand in Los Angeles

Shelly Sterling, 79, (2nd R) speaks at a news conference with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell (R) and Steve Ballmer's lawyer Adam Streisand (2nd L) in Los Angeles, California July 28, 2014. The record $2 billion sale of pro basketball's Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer can proceed over the objections of co-owner Donald Sterling, a judge tentatively ruled on Monday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas said the deal, brokered by Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, was permissible and could be consummated even if Sterling, who has been banned for life from the NBA for racist remarks, chose to appeal. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Judge approves sale of Clippers - Scenes from the courthouse

Donald Sterling, who is suing the Sterling family trust (and, by slim extension, himself) lost a court ruling that should encourage the agreed-upon sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

One of the attorneys for Shelly Sterling told reporters he hopes the sale to Ballmer closes before Aug. 15. The NBA released a statement saying the league looks forward to the sale "closing as soon as possible."

Donald Sterling did not acquit himself well in these court hearings, despite his law degree and significant history in both defending himself and living a rather litigious lifestyle. He failed to show up for the first day of court, and then gave rambling and combative testimony after being called to the stand. Off the testimonial record, he was observed by the court and judge in calling Shelly Sterling a “pig,” just one day after testifying about how much he loved the estranged wife he openly flaunted cheating on.
Kelly Dwyer