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NBA pleased with ruling Shelly Sterling can sell Clippers

NBA pleased with ruling Shelly Sterling can sell Clippers
Shelly Sterling reacts outside of the courthouse in Los Angeles after a judge ruled in her favor on her right to sell the Clippers for $2 billion to Steve Ballmer. (Frederic J. Brown / Getty Images)

The NBA's reaction to the Sterling probate court hearing was predictable.

Relief on all counts. For now.

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The league quickly released a statement Monday after a judge ruled in favor of Shelly Sterling, not Donald Sterling, in a tentative oral decision.

“We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer," said, Mike Bass, NBA executive vice president. "We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible.”

The ruling was handed down in Los Angeles Superior Court by Judge Michael Levanas.

Ballmer agreed in May to purchase the Clippers for $2 billion, a sale engineered by Shelly Sterling after her husband was banned from all NBA activities for life because of racially insensitive remarks.

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