TMZ reports that Sterling has been in touch with 650-member mega-law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, as well as Glaser Weil.
"He thinks he's going to be the owner for a long time," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcettitold CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday. "He believes in his heart that he's a very good person."
“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am. I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites and blacks," Stiviano told Barbara Waltersduring an interview last week.
Basically what the NBA is dealing with is a bigot with deep pockets who enjoys litigation. This could drag on for years in court before Sterling gives in.
Meanwhile, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made a clever and calculating move when he banned Sterling from the NBA and announced he would be forced to sell the team.
Silver knew there was no way in hell Sterling would give in quickly. But by making the announcement as quickly as he did Silver pacified most of the African American players in the league who were prepared to boycott if action wasn't taken.
The players now firmly believe they have a man in charge who won't stand for racism and is on their side. As this drags on they won't be able to point the finger at Silver and are highly unlikely to consider a boycott in the future.