Skip to content

Donald Sterling can’t spell ‘world’ backward and other reasons he lost control of the Clippers

Jun 12, 2014, 11:07 AM EDT

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

Shelly Sterling has taken to the courts, trying to prove she has the right to sell the Clippers.

To do so, she must validate the finding that Donald Sterling is not mentally equipped to control the Sterling Family Trust. That finding was based on a series of tests Donald took. Among other issues, he couldn’t:

  • Spell “world” backward
  • Count down from 100 by 7s past 93
  • Name the season
  • Draw a clock

Dan Woike of The Orange County Register has a copy of the doctor’s report:

Here’s an example of the type of test Sterling took.

I’m no neurological expert, but I don’t understand how reliable the mental-faculties test Sterling took is for someone like him. He’s a billionaire! Like he ever needed to know what a clock looked like? He’s also an Angelino. Do they even have seasons?

Sterling has always been at least somewhat detached from reality, and a baseline test could have been useful.

It’s obviously too late for that, though.

It’s not too late for more testing.

Sterling might have dementia. I have no idea. But an examination should probably be conducted by a doctor that wasn’t recommended by Shelly.

However, without knowing the terms of the trust agreement, it’s fully possible Donald signed off when the trust was formed on this being an acceptable test. If he did, he set himself up to lose control.

The doctor wrote, “Mr. Donald T. Sterling is unable to reasonably carry out the duties as Trustee of The Sterling Family Trust as a result of, an impairment in his level attention, information processing, short term memory impairment and ability to modulate mood, emotional liability, and is at risk of making potentially serious errors of judgment.”

Sterling is moody, emotional and prone to errors in judgment? It’s a miracle he didn’t lose control of the trust 30 years ago.

Latest Posts
  1. Chris Bosh makes it official, signs five-year, $118 million deal with Miami

    Jul 30, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6 Getty Images

    “His unique skill set makes him one of the best players in the game today.” —Pat Riley on Chris Bosh, who still is overpaid.

  2. Pat Riley says he didn’t think LeBron was leaving, Heat can turn around quickly

    Jul 30, 2014, 8:59 PM EDT

    Pat Riley Pat Riley

    Pat Riley got beat in free agency, and he doesn’t take losing well.

  3. Magic Johnson: Jerry Buss wanted Byron Scott to coach the Lakers

    Jul 30, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Byron Scott Getty Images

    Scott, not Mike Brown, would have followed Phil Jackson

  4. Coach K on Rose: “Derrick’s played great, not good, and hasn’t held anything back”

    Jul 30, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

    “He’s playing out of his mind. He’s being Derrick Rose.” —Anthony Davis on Rose.

  5. Report: Longtime referee Dick Bavetta retiring

    Jul 30, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Dick Bavetta Dick Bavetta

    NBA reportedly wanted Bavetta to retire four years ago

  6. Report: Lakers work out Michael Beasley

    Jul 30, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat Getty Images

    The elicits a shrug of the shoulders. Not much else.

  7. Kevin Durant anoints Anthony Davis MVP-in-waiting

    Jul 30, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant

    Thunder star texted Davis after winning the award last season: ‘You on your way to get it’

  8. Notes from Team USA Camp in Las Vegas: Nobody is a fan of the FIBA balls

    Jul 30, 2014, 2:59 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Chandler Parsons AP

    “Guys that don’t have a reputation for playing hard defense are picking up full court.” —Damian Lillard on the level of play at Team USA training camp.

  9. Mavericks may consider signing Rashard Lewis after his knee surgery

    Jul 30, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis Rashard Lewis

    Dallas originally signed Lewis, but voided his contract once it was discovered he would require knee surgery.

  10. Knicks legend Earl Monroe sees New York finishing top four in the East ‘easily’

    Jul 30, 2014, 1:34 PM EDT

    Earl Monroe Earl Monroe

    Cleveland, Chicago, Indiana, Miami, Toronto and Washington all simply shake their heads.

  11. Report: Metta World Peace nearing deal to play in China next season

    Jul 30, 2014, 12:47 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers Getty Images

    World Peace hasn’t drawn legitimate interest from NBA teams, so he’s considering playing overseas.

  12. Report: Anthony Bennett pulled from pro-am by agent, possibly due to his inclusion in Kevin Love trade talks

    Jul 30, 2014, 11:14 AM EDT

    Anthony Bennett Anthony Bennett

    Just like Love, Bennett is not going to be playing in any games this summer until a deal is done.

  13. Report: Sixers fighting against immediate changes to NBA Draft Lottery system

    Jul 30, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

    Sam Hinkie, Nerlens Noel AP

    Sixers put a multi-year plan together based on current rules, which would be adversely affected with a quick change to the system.

  14. Team USA going small ball, but how many bigs do they keep on the bench?

    Jul 30, 2014, 8:40 AM EDT

    Mike Krzyzewski Mike Krzyzewski

    “Everyone talks about match-ups (with big teams such as Spain), people have to match-up against us, too.” — USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski

  15. Report: LeBron James more popular than he ever was with the Heat

    Jul 30, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron still not as popular as prior to The Decision, though. It’s only a matter of time until he is.

Featured video

Why can't Lakers have a player-coach?
Top 10 NBA Player Searches
  1. T. Warren (4963)
  2. L. James (4180)
  3. K. Love (3570)
  4. D. Rose (3375)
  5. C. Anthony (2715)
  1. K. Bryant (2575)
  2. R. Allen (2500)
  3. J. Nelson (2398)
  4. B. Griffin (2034)
  5. C. Boozer (1942)