Not-So-Sterling: The 5 Best Responses to Clippers Owner’s NBA Ban
With the news that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has received a lifetime ban from the NBA’s practices, games, and facilities, the NBA fandom erupted. While this move is unprecedented for the league, it showed Silver to be an assertive commissioner, and illustrated to every facet of the NBA — from the fans, to the players, to the ownership — that he would not be nearly as meek as late-stage David Stern, the longtime NBA commissioner who announced his retirement in 2012 and didn’t relinquish control until 2013.
The aftermath of Silver’s decision regarding Sterling — which only applies to him, and not the rest of his family — was met with an outpouring of joy, a rare moment of unity amidst an often divided fanbase and ownership. Donald Sterling, who’s team seemed to find success in the early 2010s in spite of his ownership rather than because of it, is completely disassociated from the league, and Silver urged the NBA’s Board of Governors (an entity comprised now of the 29 other team owners) to a vote towards forcing Sterling to sell the team. While rumors of the Clippers relocation to Seattle percolate, it seems much more likely that finding a Los Angeles-based ownership group would be the league’s preferred option.
So, in light of the monumental announcement and the subsequent rejection of racist, bigoted language in the NBA, let’s take a look at the five best responses to Silver’s decision. These have all been culled from Twitter, and were among the first to be posted to the social media sounding board. But first, a moment for owner Mark Cuban, often cited as the most positive model for an involved NBA owner.