NBA Notes: Sterling appeals ruling that OK'd sale

NBA Notes: Sterling appeals ruling that OK'd sale
August 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Donald Sterling has appealed the ruling that OK'd the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. (USA Today Images)

LOS ANGELES -- Deposed Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has asked an appellate court to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Lawyers for Sterling asked the Second District Court of Appeals on Friday to stay a probate judge's ruling that cleared the way for the sale.

They say the judge prematurely finalized his ruling so the sale can be completed without a chance to appeal.

It was unclear if the appeal would have any effect since the judge barred any delays pending appeal. The sale could conceivably go forward while the appeal makes its way through the courts.

Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.

NBA: Mourning, Stern headline HOF class
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is welcoming its class of 2014.

Former Golden State star Mitch Richmond was the first to be inducted in a ceremony at Symphony Hall in Springfield on Friday night. Next up was Gary Williams, who coached Maryland to 11 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and the 2002 national championship.

Former NBA commissioner David Stern was scheduled to be honored later in the ceremony.

NBA star Alonzo Mourning and former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson are also in the class of 2014. The women's team from Immaculata College is also being honored, along with Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis. Former Indiana Pacers coach Bob "Slick" Leonard, the late Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton of the New York Knicks and the late Guy Rodgers of Temple round out the class.

Rockets: Houston, Papanikolaou agree to deal
HOUSTON -- A person with knowledge of the deal says the Houston Rockets have agreed to terms with Greek forward Kostas Papanikolaou.

The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced by the team. The 6-foot-9 Papanikolaou was drafted by the New York Knicks in 2012. His rights were traded to Portland, then to Houston in July 2013.

Papanikolaou most recently played for FC Barcelona. He has been a standout for the Greek national team, earning Most Valuable Player honors at the Under-20 European championship in 2009. Before playing for FC Barcelona, Papanikolaou helped Olympiacos win Euroleague championships in 2012 and 2013.

Team USA: Gay added after Durant's withdrawal
The U.S. national basketball team has added Rudy Gay, a day after Kevin Durant's withdrawal from the team.

Gay, the Sacramento Kings forward who played for the Americans when they won the gold medal in the 2010 world championship, told USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo he was interested in returning if he and coach Mike Krzyzewski were interested.

Colangelo says Friday in a statement: "We both felt he would be a valuable addition because of his outstanding skills and the fact that he is so familiar with USA Basketball and our national team program."

Gay also was one of the last cuts made by the 2012 Olympic team.

Gay averaged 20 points last season for Toronto and Sacramento.

Suns: First-round picks Warren, Ennis sign
PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Suns signed first-round draft picks T.J. Warren and Tyler Ennis on Friday.

Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward selected 14th overall, was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year last season for North Carolina State, averaging 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds. He led the Suns in scoring in the Summer League in Las Vegas with a 17.8 average.

Ennis, a 6-3 guard taken 18th overall, averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 assists in his lone season at Syracuse. In Summer League play, the Canadian averaged 4.2 points, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals.

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