Attorneys want appeal-proof ruling

"They wanted to sell the team," Blecher said. "The commissioner [Adam Silver] planted that in O'Donnell and Shelly's head when they met in New York on May 13. He planted that in their head. He said you have to own all of the stock and then we can sell it. So they came home and the very day that meeting took place, Shelly arranged the interviews with the doctors. What does that tell you? That tells you from the very first interview between the psychologist and Donald, is that Plan B [to declare Donald Sterling mentally incompetent] is in effect.

"And yet Shelly said she never heard of Plan B, so they flew out a high-class banker from New York [Zakkour] and he testified that they sat in a meeting together and talked about Plan B. So either she has a failure of recollection or she's a liar. You choose."

Levanas ordered attorneys from both sides to submit closing briefs by Thursday afternoon and appear back in court Monday morning at 10 a.m. for closing arguments.

The sale was initially scheduled to close by July 15. That deadline has been extended to August 15. The NBA has said it will resume termination proceedings against Sterling if the sale does not close by September 15.

Samini cast doubt on the idea that the outcome of this trial will resolve the sale.

"I know everybody was here waiting, thinking that this ruling would determine the fate of the sale. I don't think it will," he said. "That's going to go on. Until you get to the conclusion in [ the civil court lawsuit Sterling filed Tuesday], I don't think you get anywhere close to a sale. This is going to go on.

"Yes, he's going to continue to fight. No, he doesn't want to sell the team. Two billion is not enough money to sell your principles.

"This thing is going to go on for a while, and unfortunately it doesn't seem like the NBA is really interested in seeing a resolution of this either, because they've never made any attempt or effort to try and resolve it. They just haven't. The only thing I've heard from them is, 'I'm (the) new emperor and I'm going to dictate what's going to happen.'

"There's no way you get to a settlement, not when you have somebody on the other side who is going to fight to the end."

O'Donnell, though, said he's optimistic the judge will issue a ruling to resolve the situation.

"Donald Sterling is running out of courts to file lawsuits in," O'Donnell said. "He's in probate court, he's in federal court, he's in civil court. He's running out of places to try to obstruct this sale."

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