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

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)

Shelly Sterling's lawyer Pierce O'Donnell gestures as he arrives at the court in Los Angeles

Shelly Sterling's lawyer Pierce O'Donnell gestures as he arrives at the court in Los Angeles, California July 28, 2014. Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Levanas said he will rule Monday afternoon on whether club owner Donald Sterling can halt the $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, has asked Levanas to confirm her having the authority to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in the wake of racist remarks that Donald Sterling made. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL BUSINESS)

Max Blecher, lawyer for Donald Sterling, is interviewed outside court in Los Angeles, California

Max Blecher, lawyer for Donald Sterling, is interviewed outside court in Los Angeles, California July 28, 2014. Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Levanas said he will rule Monday afternoon on whether club owner Donald Sterling can halt the $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, has asked Levanas to confirm her having the authority to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in the wake of racist remarks that Donald Sterling made. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL BUSINESS MEDIA)

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

Shelly Sterling, 79, (C, at podium) speaks at a news conference with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell (C-R) and Steve Ballmer's lawyer Adam Streisand (C-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)

Shelly Sterling, left, greets Max Blecher, attorney for her estranged husband Donald Sterling, after a judge ruled in her favor and against her husband in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, outside Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Shelly Sterling, 79, speaks at a news 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 (3rd R) 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)

Shelly Sterling, 79, smiles after leaving court in Los Angeles

Shelly Sterling, 79, (C) smiles after leaving court 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)

With her attorney Pierce O'Donnell, right, Shelly Sterling, center, smiles as she talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, July 28, 2014

With her attorney Pierce O'Donnell, right, Shelly Sterling, center, smiles as she talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Shelly Sterling smiles as she talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, July 28, 2014

Shelly Sterling smiles as she talks to reporters after a judge ruled in her favor and against her estranged husband, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the NBA basketball team, outside Los Angeles Superior Court, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Steve Ballmer's lawyer, Adam Streisand, arrives at court in Los Angeles

Steve Ballmer's lawyer, Adam Streisand, arrives at court in Los Angeles, California July 8, 2014. The $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers faces a key legal hurdle on Tuesday as the estranged husband and wife who own the franchise battle in court over control of the team. Shelly Sterling, 79, has asked a Los Angeles judge to confirm her as having sole authority to sell the pro basketball franchise to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer at an NBA-record price after husband Donald Sterling vowed to block the deal. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL)

Shelly Sterling, 79, arrives at court with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell in Los Angeles

Shelly Sterling (R), 79, arrives at court with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell in Los Angeles, California July 8, 2014. The $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers faces a key legal hurdle on Tuesday as the estranged husband and wife who own the franchise battle in court over control of the team. Shelly Sterling, 79, has asked a Los Angeles judge to confirm her as having sole authority to sell the pro basketball franchise to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer at an NBA-record price after husband Donald Sterling vowed to block the deal. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL BUSINESS)

Gary Ruttenberg, a lawyer for Donald Sterling, talks to the media as he arrives at court in Los Angeles

Gary Ruttenberg, a lawyer for Donald Sterling, talks to the media as he arrives at court in Los Angeles, California July 7, 2014. The $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers faces a key legal hurdle on Monday as the estranged husband and wife who own the franchise battle in court over control of the team. Shelly Sterling, 79, has asked a Los Angeles judge to confirm her as having sole authority to sell the pro basketball franchise to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer at an NBA-record price after husband Donald Sterling vowed to block the deal. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL BUSINESS)

A protester stands outside a court in Los Angeles

A protester stands outside a court in Los Angeles, California July 7, 2014. The $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers faces a key legal hurdle on Monday as the estranged husband and wife who own the franchise battle in court over control of the team. Shelly Sterling, 79, has asked a Los Angeles judge to confirm her as having sole authority to sell the pro basketball franchise to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer at an NBA-record price after husband Donald Sterling vowed to block the deal. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL)

Donald Sterling's lawyer Max Blecher arrives at court in Los Angeles

Donald Sterling's lawyer Max Blecher arrives at court in Los Angeles, California July 7, 2014. The $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers faces a key legal hurdle on Monday as the estranged husband and wife who own the franchise battle in court over control of the team. Shelly Sterling, 79, has asked a Los Angeles judge to confirm her as having sole authority to sell the pro basketball franchise to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer at an NBA-record price after husband Donald Sterling vowed to block the deal. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL BUSINESS)

Shelly Sterling, 79, arrives at court in Los Angeles

Shelly Sterling, 79, (L) arrives at court with her lawyer Pierce O'Donnell in Los Angeles, California July 7, 2014. The $2 billion sale of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers faces a key legal hurdle on Monday as the estranged husband and wife who own the franchise battle in court over control of the team. Shelly Sterling, 79, has asked a Los Angeles judge to confirm her as having sole authority to sell the pro basketball franchise to former Microsoft Corp chief executive Steve Ballmer at an NBA-record price after husband Donald Sterling vowed to block the deal. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SPORT BASKETBALL BUSINESS)