Obnoxious, racist old fart Donald Sterling is one step closer to being out of our lives forever this week, after Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the L.A. Clippers to Steve Ballmer on Monday thanks to a judge's ruling.

The immediate fallout is that Sterling will now STFU. And, it means that Clippers head coach Doc Rivers won't have to quit. And star player Chris Paul won't have to boycott the NBA season.

Most of all, of course, it means that Sterling (and V. Stiviano) can go away — unless, of course, he finds a way to appeal the case, which seems all too likely. But for now, Sterling is getting rejected. More on the ruling, from NBA.com:

In allowing the deal to go forward, Superior Court Judge Michael Levanas sided Monday with Sterling's estranged wife, Shelly Sterling, who negotiated the record sale after the NBA banned the 80-year-old billionaire for making offensive remarks about blacks.

Shelly Sterling sought the probate judge's approval to ink the deal after taking over the family trust that owns the team because doctors found Donald Sterling had signs of Alzheimer's disease and couldn't manage his affairs.

The judge said Shelly Sterling had negotiated a good deal and the removal of her husband as a co-trustee was in good faith and not part of a secret plan to seize the team.

Smell ya later, Donald.

[via NBA.com]