By Nick Villano @nick_villano on April 29, 2014
NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference today to announce that, effective immediately, Donald Sterling will be banned for life from the NBA. He is also advising the owners to vote that the Los Angeles Clippers be sold. The racist comments that Sterling made about those of color were 100 percent unacceptable. This was the best decision for the Clippers and for the NBA. Here are five reasons why.
Blake Griffin and Chris Paul are two of the most marketable players in the NBA. They have a laundry list of sponsors that spend millions of dollars on the Clippers. Imagine if Staples doesn't want a team that has this kind of owner playing in their building. Now that would affect the sponsor of the Lakers, one of the most marketable franchises in sports. From a pure business standpoint, this was the perfect decision.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out today with a daunting task. He needed to make a huge decision less than a year into his tenure as head of the NBA. If he didn't make the right decision he would have been hated instantly, but he made the right decision and now he is instantly loved. He is currently the most respected commissioner in sports.
Is there anything more to say? Donald Sterling's comments were despicable. It is 2014. There should not be racism in the world, especially in the sports world. You cannot hate a race of man that most of your franchise consists of. You hear other comments like he didn't want to pay J.J. Reddick as much as he did because he was white. It just seems like he couldn't see past color in general.
Magic Johnson has already saved one L.A. franchise from a terrible owner; maybe he can be two-for-two. Even if it isn't Johnson, someone needs to take over this team. This can become one of the best rivalries with the Lakers and the Clippers, and they need an owner who will be able to keep up with this. All Sterling has done is put a lackluster franchise in the league that has no chance of competing until recently.
When, in a world with Twitter, Facebook and everyone giving their opinion, does a major decision come down and the world seems to be in agreement that it was right? Silver made one of the best decisions in the recent memory of sports. Something needed to be done about Sterling's comments, and it was indeed done. You have to give props to how quickly the NBA came to a decision.
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