Cavaliers All-Star LeBron James conducts a clinic in Hong Kong for young fans as part of his China tour. (Kin Cheung / ssociated Press)
Los Angeles — Testimony in the probate court trial between Donald and Shelly Sterling finished Wednesday with the contentious examination of Dr. Jeffrey Cummings.
The Alzheimer’s disease expert from the Cleveland Clinic testified that Dr. Meril Platzer’s May exam of Donald Sterling, one of two used to declare him mentally incapacitated, was not appropriate because of Shelly Sterling’s presence.
“My impression was ... there is a stress in the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Sterling,” said Cummings, who was not present for the exam.
The testimony in Los Angeles Superior Court elicited a stream of objections from Shelly Sterling’s attorneys and exasperated Judge Michael Levanas. The judge repeatedly expressed skepticism at the testimony’s relevance because both parties agreed before the trial that Donald Sterling’s mental capacity wouldn’t be contested. That meant that topics such as Cummings’ exam of Donald Sterling last month that declared him mentally fit were off limits.
“I don’t have any idea how this is going to help me make a decision in this case,” Levanas said before Cummings was excused from the stand.
Donald Sterling’s attorneys had left open the possibility of recalling Shelly Sterling to testify Wednesday, but didn’t do so.
Instead, they stopped after calling just two witnesses in the case that could decide the fate of the $2 billion bid to purchase the Clippers: Cummings and sports and entertainment consultant Dean Bonham. He testified Tuesday and faced withering cross-examination from Shelly Sterling attorney Pierce O’Donnell.
Donald Sterling’s attorneys also tried to introduce Shelly Sterling’s lawsuit against V. Stiviano and Donald Sterling’s federal antitrust lawsuit against the NBA, among several documents, into evidence. Levanas denied the requests.
Post-trial briefs from the parties are due today, with closing arguments scheduled for Monday.
Hardaway happy with Melo
Amid media requests for interviews and kids’ requests for him to perform video game-type dunks Tuesday, Tim Hardaway Jr. fielded perhaps the sharpest question from a young boy in the crowd:
What if Carmelo Anthony had chosen to not re-sign with the Knicks?
“Thank the Lord he decided to come back,” replied Hardaway (Michigan), who hosted a basketball clinic for youngsters at the Coleman Country Day Camp in Freeport, New York. “If he had left, I thought he would’ve gone to Chicago, and that had me worried for a little while. That would’ve been rough.”
That, most likely, would have sent the Knicks into a complete rebuilding mode. The Bulls were a major suitor — and the Knicks’ biggest threat to lure away the All-Star — but Anthony eventually signed a five-year, $124 million contract to remain in New York.
Hardaway, 22, is among the players being counted on to deliver more, following a solid rookie season in which he averaged 10.2 points off the bench.
Hong Kong loves James
LeBron James was honored by the appearance of hundreds of fans who clutched his jersey or held up lifesize cutouts of his face at a store in Hong Kong.
The mob chanted “LBJ” as he entered the store to meet with a small group of shoe-collecting “sneakerheads.”
James said it was “very humbling” to know he was an inspiration for fans in the former British colony.
“I’m miles and miles and miles, thousands of miles away from home, and to know that you can inspire someone in a whole other country, it means a lot me,” he said.
Later, the All-Star ran a clinic before 1,500 fans in Kowloon, then showed off some moves.
The Mavericks have voided the contract of Rashard Lewis because the free agent forward needs surgery on his right knee. Lewis had signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $1.4 million.
The 34-year-old Lewis spent the past two seasons mostly coming off the bench in Miami.
... Mavericks point guard Raymond Felton pleaded guilty in a New York gun case, taking a plea deal that involved admitting a felony but spares him jail.
He was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
Team officials declined to comment.
... The Hornets signed free agent point guard Brian Roberts. Roberts, who spent the last two seasons with the Pelicans, is expected to back up Kemba Walker in Charlotte this season.
... The Suns re-signed forward P.J. Tucker to a multiyear contrac.