Donald Sterling cancer confirmed by ESPN sources, days after lifetime ban from NBA

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling looks on during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2010. The Clippers won 114-95. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)

May 2, 2014 9:30:40 AM PDT
Donald Sterling is fighting prostate cancer and may not have much longer to live, sources confirmed to the New York Post.

The New York Post reports associates thought Sterling, 80, would die from the disease two years ago.

The Los Angeles Clippers owner received a lifetime ban from the NBA this week for racist comments recorded and made public.

Other league owners will determine he can be forced to sell the Clippers. Sterling is expected to put up a fight.

Those expressed interest in buying all or part of the team include Oprah Winfrey, Sean Combs and Sterling's estranged wife, Rochelle "Shelly" Sterling, who has been accused of racism and discrimination in the past.

But an NBA official said the players and league are looking for a complete change in ownership.

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