It’s amazing how far the NBA has come in just a few days. Last Saturday the internet exploded with Donald Sterling‘s racist comments, and by Tuesday afternoon, he was banned from the league for life. That’s what you call taking care of business.
But now the next chapter begins. All the pressure has shifted to the NBA owners and their looming vote to remove Sterling from the league. It will take a 3/4 or 75 percent vote to force a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, which many feel will be easy to accomplish.
LeBron James sounded off on the next step during an interview via ESPN on Wednesday:
“We’re fighting to get an owner out of our league who shouldn’t be a part of our league. No matter how long it takes, no matter how much money it costs, we need to get him out of there — and whoever is associated with him doesn’t belong in our league. Obviously, it’s not going to be night and day — you wake up tomorrow and the team is in someone else’s hands. But we need to get the next step going.”
James couldn’t be more right. The sooner the NBA can rid itself of Sterling’s out-of-touch ways, the better.
It won’t happen overnight, because there is no timetable for a vote yet. The process to remove an owner involves Sterling getting a written copy of the charges against him and also a special hearing after he replies to the charges. It sounds like best-case-scenario, the vote could take place in a couple of weeks. However, it’s also possible it could be held off until after the season.