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Interim CEO: Clippers 'going to survive' Sterling

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Dick Parsons, interim CEO of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, spoke about moving on from former owner Donald Sterling. (Source: CNN) Dick Parsons, interim CEO of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, spoke about moving on from former owner Donald Sterling. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers spoke one day after Steve Ballmer officially took over the team as owner.

Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, completed the $2 billion purchase of the NBA franchise Tuesday. The sale had been held up by legal actions from the former owner, Donald Sterling, who had been ordered to sell by the league.

Dick Parsons, the Clippers' interim chief executive, said the future was bright.

"Nobody wanted to play for Donald," Parsons said. "Nobody wanted to coach for Donald. Half the fans didn't want to come and support a team that Donald Sterling owned. I mean, it was a disaster."

The actions against Sterling were a result of racist remarks he made in a leaked phone call that was published online in April. Shelly Sterling, his estranged wife, completed the deal with Ballmer.

It was the most ever paid for an NBA franchise.

"This team is going to survive," Parsons said. "It wasn't clear in my judgment that it would survive under continued ownership by Donald Sterling."

Ballmer, coach Doc Rivers and players from the team are scheduled to meet fans Monday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles during the Clippers Fan Festival.

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