The estranged husband and wife had come to blows over the potential sale of the team, after a recording surfaced in April 2014 of Donald Sterling blasting his girlfriend for bringing black men to NBA games, to which the NBA responded by handing the 80-year-old a lifetime ban from the NBA and a fine of $2.5million.
The NBA later planned to seize the team from Sterling and auction, leading to the real estate mogul to allow his wife of 58 years to sell the team. However, once the sale to Ballmer was initially agreed, he refused to sign off on the deal – halting proceedings.
The situation surrounding the Clippers then took another bizarre twist as Shelly Sterling removed Donald from the trustee’s board after it was found he has Alzheimer’s disease, which allowed her to finally sanction the sale to Ballmer – who is well known as the former CEO of Microsoft.
Sterling had owned the side since 1981 and even tried to take the potential sale to court, but Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas is said to have signed to authorize sale regardless of Sterling’s attorneys filing an appeal or petition – it has since been revealed that they plan to enforce the latter in the hope of revoking the sale to Ballmer.
Ballmer, however, is delighted to have taken over in Los Angeles and while he has promised a rallying meeting on Monday at the Staples Center, it is sure to spark a revival in the team’s fortunes.
The Clippers have endured mixed fortunes over the years but with the emergence of stars such as Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, they must fancy their chances for a play-off push this season. Chris Paul in particular has been outstanding over the past few years for LA and you can bet on the NBA at Gambling Land, with all the best odds on all the teams – including the Clippers.
Last season the Clippers broke their franchise record for wins in a single season, by posting 57 victories – taking them to the Conference semi-finals and they will no doubt want to build on that this year. A bet on the Clippers to make the play-offs looked a safe bet throughout the post season but with the news that their ownership issues are now behind them, it will be intriguing to see whether they can push on and make it to the Conference finals this year.
The 2013 NBA season finished in emphatic fashion when LeBron James’ Miami Heat took Game Seven of the Finals to pluck the Larry O’Brien Championship trophy out of San Diego’s grasp. It was a fitting end to a pulsating season and took a few days to recover from. Now, over a month after the Finals, NBA betting fans are already wondering who will be there next year.
It’s fairly certain both Miami and San Diego will contest the playoffs once more – they’re both stellar teams in good form – yet for those hoping 2014 will be their year the work on squad rebuilding starts now.
Free agency is upon us and for some teams it means a desperate scrap for bargains and reserve players. For others, however, this is a chance to form a side capable of making the playoffs and Houston have already got off to a good start. The Rockets signed veteran Marcus Camby this week, fending off rivals Miami and Chicago Bulls for his one-year contract. Camby’s arrival comes after Dwight Howard signature early this July and means Houston’s NBA Betting odds have fallen dramatically.
Additions to the roster in the postseason can make all the difference to teams’ betting odds. JJHickson’s move to the Denver Nuggets is a great steal if he can prove the same combative inside scorer that brought him so much success at Portland. Point guard Nate Robinson has also joined the club, while the resigning of TimofeyMozgov on a three-year contract is good news. However, Denver still need a hallmark signing to lower their odds of a playoff spot.
Probably the most productive free-agency workers so far have been the LA Clippers, for the side have brought in winger JJRedick and forward Jared Dudley this summer. The pair will combine with Chris Paul to make a formidable offensive unit and punters should back them because of it.
Free agency isn’t yet over and there’s bound to be more moves before teams knuckle down to preseason training. This is the best time of year to bet on NBA – when the odds haven’t settled yet – and one big signing like rocky slots can make all the difference.
At just 25 years old, Kevin Durant is the man to beat in the NBA, and with no titles to show for, he and his team, the Oklahoma Thunder will go as hard as possible to make it a special year not just personally, but team wise, by not just going to the finals, but actually win it this time around.
The versatile Durant, is producing yet another phenomenal season, averaging well over 30 point per game, carrying his team to the best record in the west, without his star point guard, and the best player on the team after Durant in Russell Westbrook. (who should come back sometimes in the next few months.), but that fact hasn't slowed all star Durant, who at one time posted a 12 games winning streak with him scoring over 30 points in each.
Even at mid-season, it is quite clear that Durant will win his first MVP award of the regular season, after Lebron James, arguably the best player in the game, and two time NBA Champion won 4 awards already, and is enjoying yet another great season.
But this year, it clearly shows that Durant has elevated his game to a different level, shooting from anywhere on the court with ease. And when that accompanied with victories, and the best record in the west, and most likely, in the league, that is the safest recipe for another great season, and a first very deserving award. Can they actually go all the way ? why not. When Kevin Durant is on your team, as most sites agree, you always has a good chance of winning.
So, who will win the NBA this time around ? well, as every year, there are handful of teams that can go all the way, starting with 2 time defending champions the Miami Heat. Lebron James and co seems capable of going for a three peat, take back to back to back championships. It will be an amazing achievement for Lebron, and most NBA betting sites give a slight edge to him and his team. And it looks like the road is paved for another epic clash with tough rival Indiana Pacers. The pacers gave hell to Lebron last year, who needed 7 games to finally go to the finals. Can they pull it off this time ? they certainly have a shot.
These 2 teams will represent the eastern conference. But on the west side ? that's a completely different storey as no less than 6-7 teams could make some noise and the road to the finals would be very, very difficult. The San Antonio Spurs ? Sure, as always they will be there with a great group of guys and possibly the best coach in the league. Oklahoma Thunders ? you better believe it. Kevin Durant and co will be the most difficult rival for any tam in the west and have a great chance to go back into the finals.
Than there are Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, Phoenix and even Dallas can catch fire. It will be yet another great run as history will write itself and kings will be crown, will it be Kind James or someone else?
New arrivals, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry have arrived to bolster a squad which last year finished second in the Eastern Conference. Confidence is high that the trio of vastly experienced stars will help them make it further than the first round of the play-offs, the stage they were defeated at in a tight series against the Chicago Bulls.
Paul Pierce has spoken out to say that the Nets are looking to do just that this year, and that the arrival of his former Boston Celtics teammates will see them push for the NBA titles:
“We've got all the ingredients we need to win a championship; we just need to figure out how to make it all come together. Great players always figure it out and I think we will,” said the 35-year old.
New coach, Jason Kidd, has echoed these sentiments and, with a new-look starting line-up that boasts 35 All-Star appearances, there are few reasons to argue with that. Certainly, last season, the Nets found themselves throwing away too many leads as games wore on – most notably in the fourth game of last season’s play-offs, when they surrendered a 17-point lead in the final minutes of the 4th Quarter, and went on to lose in overtime. But, with this vastly experienced pool of talent available to him, Kidd will be confident that his team will be able to keep cool heads in the big games when the pressure is on.