Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 1st 2014 Contents Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) blocks a shot to the basket by Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) during
the second half Game 6 in the NBA playoffs Eastern Conference finals on Friday night in Miami. Miami won
117-92. AP PHOTO
Heat return to
NBA finals, top
MIAMI---The Miami Heat
became the third franchise in NBA
history to reach the title series in
four consecutive seasons, a rout
of a conference-title finale getting
them there again Friday night.
LeBron James and Chris Bosh
each scored 25 points, and Miami
eliminated the Pacers for the third
straight year with a 117-92 romp
in Game 6 of the East champi-
Dwyane Wade and Rashard
Lewis each scored 13 points for
Miami, which trailed 9-2 before
ripping off 54 of the next 75 points
to erase any doubt by halftime.
The Heat set a franchise record
with their 11th straight home post-
season win, going back to the final
two games of last season s NBA
Finals, leading by 37 at one point.
Indiana led the East for much
of the regular season, one where
the Pacers were fueled by the
memory of losing Game 7 of the
East finals in Miami a year ago.
So they spent this season with a
clear goal: Toppling Miami as kings
of the East.
The Pacers were two games bet-
ter in the regular season.
They were two games worse in
the postseason. Game 7, this time,
would have been in Indianapolis.
The Pacers just had no shot of
making it happen, not on this
Until Friday, the Celtics and
Lakers were the only teams in NBA
history to reach the Finals in four
straight years. The Heat have joined
them, and their quest for a third
straight title starts in either San
Antonio or Oklahoma City on
The way they played in Game
6 made a prophet out of Bosh,
who predicted Miami would play
its best game of the season. The
numbers suggested he was right,
and then some.
Miami s largest lead at any point
this season, before Game 6, was
36 points. Indiana s largest deficit
of the season had been 35 points.
After a layup by James with 3:39
left in the third, the margin in this
one was a whopping 37 --- 86-49.
James night ended not long after-
There were the now-requisite
Lance Stephenson events, adding
intrigue to the first half. The Pac-
ers guard walked over to James
and tapped him in the face in the
opening minutes, stood over him
after both got tangled under the
basket, and got whistled for a fla-
grant foul for striking Norris Cole
in the head in the second quarter.
It was the end of a memorable
series for Stephenson, none of
which really had anything to do
with basketball. His string of news-
worthy moments from these East
finals started when he talked about
the health of Wade s knees before
the series and reached an apex in
Game 5 when he blew into James
ear and walked into a Heat hud-
dle.The Heat were bothered by it
all, but got the last laugh. Big
Brother, again, reigned supreme in
this rivalry. And when it was over,
Stephenson went out and shook
hands with plenty of Heat players,
as did the rest of his teammates.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel was
using the big brother-little brother
analogy earlier in the series, telling
the tale of how at some point in
every sibling rivalry the younger
one has to make a stand.
Indiana thought it would happen
The Heat, obviously, had other
NBA owners to vote
on sale of Clippers
LOS ANGELES---The NBA has called
off a hearing to oust embattled Los
Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald
Sterling in advance of a vote on a
potentially record-breaking deal nego-
tiated by his wife Shelly Sterling to
sell the team to former Microsoft CEO
Steve Ballmer for US$2 billion.
The announcement by the NBA came
as Donald Sterling s attorneys filed suit
in a Los Angeles federal court against
the NBA and Commissioner Adam Sil-
ver asking for damages in excess of $1
The suit alleges that the league vio-
lated Sterling s constitutional rights by
relying on information from an "illegal"
recording that publicised racist remarks
he made to a girlfriend. It also says the
league committed a breach of contract
by fining Sterling $2.5 million for those
remarks and that it violated antitrust
laws by forcing a sale.
Shelly Sterling, who is a co-owner,
negotiated the deal to sell to Ballmer
late Thursday despite objections
expressed through her estranged hus-
band Donald Sterling s attorneys.
She was able to do so, however,
because Donald Sterling was stripped
of his ability to act as a co-trustee of
the family s fortunes, including the
Clippers, after two neurologists deter-
mined he was suffering from dementia
earlier this month, according to a person
close to the Sterling family.
The individual, who is familiar with
the trust and the medical evaluations
but wasn t authorized to speak publicly,
said Sterling was deemed "mentally
incapacitated" according to the trust s
conditions because he showed "an
inability to conduct business affairs in
a reasonable and normal manner."
"There is specific language and there
are protocols about what to do, and
steps in order to get a sole trustee posi-
tion and that s what took place in the
last couple of days," the individual said.
Even so, the lawsuit filed Friday still
identifies Donald Sterling as a co-
trustee. His attorney, Bobby Samini,
would only say that "the assertion that
Donald Sterling lacks mental capacity
is absurd"; he declined to otherwise
discuss the issue.
Sterling can try to reinstate his
trusteeship by appealing to the Cali-
fornia Probate Court.
Shelly Sterling said in a statement
late Thursday that she had agreed to
sell the team to Ballmer "under her
authority as the sole trustee of The
Sterling Family Trust, which owns the
The NBA said in a statement Friday
that the league, Shelly Sterling and The
Sterling Family Trust had "resolved
their dispute over the ownership of the
Los Angeles Clippers."
"Under the agreement, the Clippers
will be sold to Steve Ballmer, pending
approval by the NBA Board of Gover-
nors, and the NBA will withdraw its
pending charge to terminate the Ster-
lings ownership of the team," it said.
More importantly for the NBA, given
the suit, the league said that Shelly
Sterling and The Sterling Family Trust
also "agreed not to sue the NBA and
to indemnify the NBA against lawsuits
from others, including Donald Ster-
That means whatever monetary
damages Donald Sterling may receive
under the suit --- filed by his attorney
Maxwell Blecher on behalf of Sterling
and The Sterling Family Trust --- may
go out one pocket and back in the other
unless he is reinstated as a trustee and
can nullify the agreement.
The medical evaluation was made
earlier this month when Donald Sterling
made voluntary visits to two prominent
neurologists who conducted extensive
tests, including brain scans, the indi-
vidual said. Though Donald Sterling is
no longer a co-trustee of The Sterling
Family Trust, he still retains his 50 per-
cent ownership and still receives pro-
ceeds from the sale, the individual said.
But Donald Sterling is still fighting,
filing suit in US District Court and ask-
ing for damages in excess of $1 billion
as well as termination of the fine and
the reinstatement of former longtime
Clippers CEO Andy Roeser.
The ownership hearing had been
scheduled for next Tuesday after the
NBA charged Sterling with damaging
the league with his racist comments
that were recorded and released. A
three-quarters vote of owners to sup-
port the charge would have terminated
the Sterlings ownership, and the league
would have sold the team.
Donald Sterling s attorneys still con-
tend, however, that as a co-owner he
must also give his consent for the deal
to go through. They say he won t be
giving it. Samini said he ll fight to not
sell because of the NBA s conduct and
that s why he s filing suit.
But the league said the sale agree-
ment is binding and is going ahead
with the approval process for Ballmer.
Ballmer said in a statement that he
is honored to have his name submitted
to the NBA for approval and thanked
the league for working collaboratively
with him throughout the process. The
price has blown past previous offers
for an NBA team. (AP)
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