Sources: Donald Sterling Has Cancer ESPN says it has confirmed 'New York Post' report By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted May 2, 2014 9:11 AM CDT 34 comments Comments Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling watches the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok) (Newser) – Disgraced LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been battling cancer for years, according to multiple sources. The New York Post was the first to publish the claims, with one source saying, "They thought he would die two years ago. People have been predicting his imminent demise." ESPN confirmed the news with its own sources. According to one person, it's prostate cancer. Clippers coach Doc Rivers and two Clippers players say they were not aware of Sterling's diagnosis, but if it's true, they wish him well.