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Jun 4, 2014 11:55 AM by KNBC

Donald Sterling ready to "move on"

LOS ANGELES (KNBC)- As the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers was being finalized, Donald Sterling said he was ready to "move on" in an exclusive interview with NBC4's Fred Roggin at a charity event Tuesday night.

When asked how he felt after the NBA allowed his wife Shelly to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a record-breaking $2 billion, Sterling said, "I feel fabulous, I feel very good. Everything is just the way it should be, really. It may have worked out differently, but it's good. It's all good."

"I'm OK, I'm OK," Sterling added. "Is the NBA OK? I'm not sure about that. Is (NBA Commissioner) Adam Silver OK? I'm sure he's OK."

Smiling, Sterling said he was ready to "move on."

A vote by the NBA Board of Governors will be needed to make the sale final.

Sterling made the comments at a dinner in downtown Los Angeles held by nonprofit Shelter Partnerships, which helps the homeless in Los Angeles County. The billionaire real-estate mogul said he was there to support the organization.

On Friday, the league announced that it had canceled a hearing to oust Sterling, instead moving forward to vote on the deal negotiated by his wife to sell the team. The move came on the same day Sterling's attorneys filed suit in a Los Angeles federal court against the NBA and Silver, asking for damages in excess of $1 billion.

It was unclear whether Sterling was planning to drop the lawsuit.

Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and sought to ban him for life from the league after Sterling told an ex-girlfriend not to bring black people to Clippers games.

Sterling has been in the public eye in recent days. On Sunday, he attended a service at a predominantly black church in South Los Angeles after being invited by a pastor who said Sterling should be forgiven after making racist remarks.

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