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Shelly Sterling, wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, pauses for photos after an interview with The Associated Press Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Los Angeles. Shelly Sterling negotiated a landmark deal for $2 billion to sell the Clippers to Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Shelley Sterling: Ballmer eager to own Clippers

- Associated Press

When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who he was. But in short order she convinced him the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion.

United States men's national basketball team head coach Mike Krzyzewski, center, dines with Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, right, at Washington Hall on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in West Point, N.Y. The team was at the academy for a practice session. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Coach K center of attention as USA Basketball visits West Point

- Associated Press

The basketball was limited on a day Mike Krzyzewski spent more time addressing the crowd than his players during practice. But even with the Basketball World Cup opener just 12 days away, he thought the trip benefited his team no matter how much work the players did.

New Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, center, fires up the crowd as he speaks at the Clippers Fan Festival on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Steve Ballmer fires up Clippers fans at L.A. rally

- Associated Press

Ballmer paid a record $2 billion for the team in a sale that was confirmed by a judge last week. The name of disgraced former owner Donald Sterling, who controlled the team for 33 years before being banned for life by the NBA for racist remarks, was never uttered during the rally.

Dallas Mavericks' DeJuan Blair (45) celebrates scoring against the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Monday, April 28, 2014, in Dallas. The Spurs won 93-89. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

New Wizards big man Blair finds basketball ‘fun again’ after playoff run

- CSNwashington.com

Blair averaged 6.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 2.0 steals against the Spurs. Perhaps the key stat is that the ample production came in only 13.5 minutes per game. With the Mavericks trailing 3-2 in the series, he tallied 10 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in a Game 6 win.

John Wall embraces fellow guard Bradley Beal after the Wizards beat the Celtics on April 2 to clinch the franchise's first playoff berth in six years. The pair celebrated an overtime victory in Game 2 of their first-round series against the Bulls (below). Washington clinched the series in five games. (associated press photographs)

LeBron James comes to Washington in November

- The Washington Times

Advancing to the Eastern Conference semifinals last season was enough to push the Wizards more onto the national radar. The 2014-15 NBA schedule was released Wednesday night, and the Wizards will be on national television 10 times.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James smiles as he is introduced at his homecoming at InfoCision Stadium Friday, Aug. 8, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

LeBron James, Cavs open vs. Knicks, Christmas in Miami

- Associated Press

The other Christmas day games are: Washington at New York; Oklahoma City at San Antonio in a rematch of the Western Conference finals; the Los Angeles Lakers at Chicago; and Golden State at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Boston Celtics center Kris Humphries (43) drives past Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Kris Humphries feels ‘blessed’ to be a Wizard

- CSNwashington.com

In 10 seasons, Humphries only has been to the playoffs three times. He has never been past the first round either, but who would’ve thought coming to the Wizards could get him closer to his goal?

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Fever hold off Sky, 77-70

- Associated Press

The Indiana Fever had to have thoughts of the Chicago's historic comeback win four days ago in Atlanta.

The Minnesota Timberwolves introduce the new players for the NBA basketball team--Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and Zach LaVine, from left--during a news conference at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Falcon Heights, Minn. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Brian Mark Peterson)

Timberwolves have record week after trading Love

- Associated Press

The Minnesota Timberwolves haven't made the playoffs in 10 years and just traded the face of their franchise so he can go chase a championship with LeBron James in Cleveland.

Phoenix Mercury's Penny Taylor (13), of Australia, scores against Minnesota Lynx's Maya Moore, as Mercury's Brittney Griner (42) watches during the second half in Game 1 of the WNBA Western Conference finals Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Phoenix. The Mercury defeated the Lynx 85-71. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Lynx need more from Moore against Mercury

- Associated Press

The Phoenix Mercury did something in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals that no other WNBA team has been able to do all season long.

US opens basketball worlds vs Finns and their fans

- Associated Press

They are the biggest thing in Bilbao, backed by 8,000 fans - not to mention some Angry Birds - whose free-spending boosters are such believers they've already started lining up transportation to the second round.

Davis embracing Team USA leadership role

- Associated Press

Anthony Davis is eager, not to mention proud, to accept the physical risks that go with playing without pay for Team USA.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, Milwaukee Bucks' Luke Ridnour, front left, and New York Knicks' Metta World Peace (51) go after a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Milwaukee. Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting former NBA All Star Metta World Peace to the Filipino boxing champion's newest venture -  professional basketball. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Pacquiao eyeing World Peace for his hoop team

Associated Press

Manny Pacquiao has expressed interest in recruiting former NBA All Star Metta World Peace to the Filipino boxing champion's newest venture - professional basketball.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2014, file photo, Brooklyn Nets' Andray Blatche, left, tries to move past New York Knicks' Tyson Chandler during an NBA basketball game in New York. The veteran center is an NBA free agent at the moment but currently has a job as the man in the middle for the Philippines, at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. If you're confused, you're far from alone, as how a native of the United States with no ties to the country ended up on their roster is the stuff of international mystery. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Familiar names in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

- Associated Press

Kevin Durant stands front and center in a billboard that hangs high above the outside of the arena where the U.S. will play its first-round games at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Clippers waive Delfino and Raduljica

Associated Press

The Clippers waived guard-forward Carlos Delfino and center Miroslav Raduljica three days after they were acquired.

FILE - In this March 27, 1971, file photo, Villanova University basketball coach Jack Kraft, left, congratulates UCLA coach John Wooden after Wooden's Bruins defeated Villanova, 68-62, to win the NCAA championship in Houston, Texas. Villanova officials say former head basketball coach John "Jack" Kraft, who led the Wildcats to 238 victories over a dozen seasons and a 1971 title game appearance, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in New Jersey. He was 93. (AP Photo/File)

Jack Kraft, Villanova basketball coach, dies at 93

Associated Press

Jack Kraft, the Villanova basketball coach who guided the Wildcats to the 1971 NCAA title game and coached such players as Wali Jones, Bill Melchionni and Howard Porter, has died. He was 93.