Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has pulled his support from a deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will pursue his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA, his attorney said Monday.
"We have been instructed to prosecute the lawsuit," said attorney Maxwell Blecher.
Sterling issued a one-page statement dated Monday titled "The Team is not for Sale" and said that "from the onset, I did not want to sell the Los Angeles Clippers."
The $2 billion sale was negotiated by his wife, Shelly Sterling, after Donald Sterling's racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as owner.
The lawsuit alleges the league violated his constitutional rights by relying on information from an "illegal" recording that publicized the racist remarks. It also said the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.
Donald Sterling had agreed to OK the deal and drop the suit last week assuming "all their differences had been resolved," his attorneys said. But individuals close to the negotiations who weren't authorized to speak publicly said he decided to not sign the papers after learning the NBA won't revoke its lifetime ban and fine.
"There was never a discussion involving the NBA in which we would modify Mr. Sterling's penalty in any way whatsoever. Any suggestion otherwise is complete fabrication," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said.
Shelly Sterling and her attorney Pierce O'Donnell declined to comment through representatives.
Knicks: Derek Fisher has agreed to become New York's next coach and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
The Knicks did not confirm the hiring, other than saying they were planning a "major announcement."
Fisher, 39, just completed his 18th season, finishing his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played under Knicks president Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped that franchise win five NBA titles.
Cavaliers: Mark Price, a former All-Star guard for Cleveland, will interview for the team's coaching job, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press. Price, 50, spent last season as a Charlotte assistant coach.