Another day, another twist and turn in the banished from the NBA Donald Sterling saga.
All while his soon-to-be former team – the Los Angeles Clippers – is preparing to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in game 3 of their best-of-7 Western Conference semi-final series tonight at Staples Center with the series tied at one win apiece.
This time it involves Sterling’s “estranged” wife, Shelly. She wants to keep her 50% stake in the team and be the “silent” partner with nothing to do with the day-to-day business affairs of the team.
Speaking of the day-to-day affairs of the team, today the league office named former Citigroup chairman and former Time Warner chairman and CEO Dick Parsons the interim CEO of the Clippers effective immediately.
Among a slew of accolades, Parsons served as a member of President Barack Obama’s economic advisory team.
That should make everyone in Clipper Nation feel much better.
For Clippers head coach Doc Rivers – who has become the face and voice of the franchise be it on the court or in management throughout the ordeal which is all of three weeks old – he just is glad his team is beyond the initial shock of their soon-to-be former owner’s recorded insensitive racial statements.
To hear from Rivers and his comments regarding Shelly Sterling looking to keep her stake in the team, click on the video with this story.
In the meantime, the Clippers find themselves in a series having seized a game – and home court – from the Oklahoma City Thunder splitting the two games in OKC.
The winner of game three in a best-of-7 series wins the series outright 75% of the time.
Behind Chris Paul’s 32 point performance in game one which saw him connect on 12 of 14 field goal attempts including going 8-of-9 from beyond the 3-point arc, the Clippers steamrolled the Thunder in game one winning 122-105. Los Angeles shot a blistering 55% as a team.
They were outrebounded, 47-31 by OKC but that’s a product of Los Angeles draining most of its shots.
The Thunder helped cool down the Clippers in game two winning 112-101 holding Los Angeles to just 45% shooting from the field.
Oklahoma City continued its dominance on the boards outrebounding Los Angeles, 52-36.
Former Lakers coach and current Heat executive Pat Riley once said and continues to preach, “Rebounds wins rings.”
Oklahoma City has been the more aggressive team especially inside the paint which is surprising when you consider the Clippers have the league’s best rebounder in center DeAndre Jordan.
Whichever team wins the rebounding battle tonight, takes a stranglehold on the series.
Clippers guard Jamal Crawford will, again, be presented with his second KIA 6th Man of the Year Award - this time in front of Clipper Nation. Crawford's the 4th player to win the award for a second time. He's the only player to win it with two different teams having won the award as a member of the Atlanta Hawks in 2010.
Tip-off is set for 7:40pm PDT. Game 4 is back at Staple Center Sunday with a 12:30pm PDT tip-off time.