When the NBA says it will name a CEO of the Clippers, it means a CEO. With the announcement expected at tonight’s game against Oklahoma City, TNT’s David Aldridge says it will be former Citicorp chair and Time Warner head Richard Parsons.
The plan is for Parsons to run the team until owner Donald T. Sterling sells it. However, Sterling’s plan is to keep it, or transfer ownership to his wife, Shelly.
Parsons will oversee all departments but is expected to let Coach Doc Rivers, who now runs the entire basketball operation, continue in that role.
The appointment can’t be a surprise to Rivers. When NBA officials informed team employees that a new CEO would be hired last week, they said Doc would be on the search committee.
Silver said that he would ask NBA owners to force Sterling to sell his team when he announced his lifetime ban. However, the league has yet to present Sterling with its complaint or hear his side of the story. League officials say that may take another two weeks.
In the meantime, Sterling’s side keeps leaking—in more tapes recorded by another close friend, according to Radaronline.com.
“So they should take away for life your team [if] you say the wrong thing to a girl?” the voice identified as Sterling’s asks. “… I know what I said was wrong. But I never thought the private conversation would go anywhere, out to the public.”
On the Radar tape, Sterling says he said the thing to V. Stiviano—which she taped and TMZ broadcast—because he wanted to have sex with her (“… you might say anything. You might say you have the biggestpenis in the world! I would have said I could fly over a high rise building if I had to!”)
However, TMZ said its tape was recorded on April 9, 33 days after Sterling’s wife, Shelly, filed suit against her–”on behalf of the Sterling family,” according to a Clipper statement—trying to recover a $1.8 million duplex and five luxury automobiles.