LOS ANGELES – Donald Sterling, who is challenging the sale of his Los Angeles Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony Tuesday, contending he is mentally sound, sparring with his estranged wife’s lawyer and drawing laughter from spectators.
“Tell me what you want to accuse me of … stand up and be a man,” Sterling told attorney Bert Fields during a 90-minute afternoon appearance.
The 80-year-old billionaire called doctors who have declared he has Alzheimer’s disease “hired guns,” pleaded a faulty memory about some of his most controversial remarks and declared he could surpass the $2 billion offer for the Clippers by $10 billion by selling TV rights to Fox and winning an antitrust suit he has filed against the league.
“What do you think, I’m doing this for ego?” Sterling asked Fields, 85.
“Yes,” the attorney replied.
“Well, you’re wrong, like you’re wrong with all your questions,” Sterling said.
As Sterling made continued outbursts, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas tried to take control of the situation, at one point telling him: “Go back to answering questions rather than making somewhat entertaining comments.”
The NBA has moved to oust Sterling from team ownership because of racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. His lawyers are challenging the authority of Shelly Sterling under a family trust to cut a deal to sell the franchise to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
In order to be able to make the deal herself, Shelly Sterling had two doctors examine her husband and they declared him mentally incapacitated and unable to act as an administrator of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers.
• Free-agent forwards LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have not announced their plans.
According to media reports, James — who played the last four seasons for the Miami Heat — will meet Wednesday in Las Vegas with Heat President Pat Riley.
CBSSports.com reported Rich Paul, James’ agent, has talked with Cleveland, Phoenix, Houston, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Anthony is deciding whether to remain a New York Knick.
• Free-agent forward Marvin Williams of Bremerton has attracted interest from the Charlotte Hornets, Yahoo Sports reported.
Williams, 28, spent the past two seasons with the Utah Jazz.
• USA Basketball officials said Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook will not participate this summer so he can rest previous knee injuries.