NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did what should have been done years ago. Ban Donald Sterling from all NBA activities and begin the process of removing him as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. The lifetime ban and monetary fine were well within the league's right to impose no matter how his racist remarks came to light. The more interesting question is how his fellow owners will vote to force a sale of the Clippers. That will involve a serious cost benefit analysis from several owners who have questionable buisness practices and views of their own. However, according to Woj:
@WojYahooNBA: On ownership super majority needed to vote Sterling out, one Board of Governor tells Yahoo: "Adam has the votes - all of them, I believe."
In Woj's analysis:
@WojYahooNBA: Bottom line: There isn't a franchise that could withstand public backlash of failing to vote w/ Adam Silver on Donald Sterling's ouster.
While some think that this incident alone would not be enough to warrant his ouster, his actions over his tenure as owner do. Sterling's very public actions over the years are a blight on the NBA and its image. Corporate sponsors have already jumped ship and it appears as if the rest of the owners will follow suit. The time to correct past inaction by David Stern and the owners has arrived. There are many articles on the interwebs that detail his despicable actions and I will not rehash the sordid details. The stain on the NBA is finally getting Oxycleaned out but it is a stain that by most accounts will not disappear without some serious elbow grease.
We now can turn our focus on the future of our Lakers. If Silver is still in the mood to right past wrongs, the 1st pick in the 2014 Draft sure would work for us!