I was hoping to avoid having to write something about this incident but since it affects NBA tickets in such a big way I guess I might as well go ahead and get it over with.
The NBA has taken the massive step of banning Donal Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, for recently released comments. We all know what they were, an expression of racist views. Seriously, what other choice did the NBA have? It’s simply unthinkable for any organization to tolerate this kind of attitude. It make no sense on a moral, ethical, or business level.
What’s shocking is how an intelligent man, which Sterling obviously is, could carry that kind of attitude. It’s not the first time Sterling has been cited as being confrontational with players. Baron Davis obviously has some issues with Sterling. So the NBA took the only obvious, though painful, step of ridding themselves of a cancer on their league.
From this point forward, Sterling cannot take part in any NBA function. No practices, games, meeting, nothing. Ultimately the NBA will try and strip this franchise from Sterling and we can expect lawsuits to fly back and forth. Lawyers are already packing their bags and heading for the West Coast.
How will this affect the LA Clippers, currently engaged in a playoff series with the Golden State warriors? We can only wait and see. But the abcess has been lanced. Now it’s time to heal.