NBA commissioner Adam Silver handled the Donald Sterling situation perfectly

Adam Silver has passed his first real test as NBA Commissioner

4/30/14 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

p Apr 29, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media regarding the investigation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (not pictured) at New York Hilton Midtown. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY SportsIt had to come at some point. There's no way Adam Silver was going to enjoy a controversy-free tenure as NBA Commissioner. 

For Silver, his first major test probably happened a bit sooner than he would have hoped.

Fortunately for Silver, he handled the Donald Sterling debacle with great poise and efficiency, handing down a lifetime ban to the Clippers owner.

Swift, effective and judicious.

Had Silver waited even 12 hours longer, he would have had quite the situation on his hands, with NBA playoff teams prepared to boycott last night's games.

On one hand, kudos to Silver for moving quickly enough to avoid that.

On the other hand, it sure would have been a site to see, if the teams had followed through on their plans.

Marcus Thompson II of Bay Area News Group painted a fascinating picture of how the Golden State Warriors would have handled it, and it seems like something that could have been a moment for the ages.
 
"The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions. They were going to take the floor for the jump ball, dapping up the Clippers players as is customary before games.

Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them.
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Warriors star Steph Curry explains exactly why that was the Warriors' plan:
 
"It would have been our only chance to make a statement in front of the biggest audience that we weren’t going to accept anything but the maximum punishment. We would deal with the consequences later but we were not going to play."

Great job by Silver to act promptly and effectively, even if his demand that Sterling sell the team won't be as easy as it seems.

Still, Sterling is 80 years old. He's already passed on control of the team to his estranged wife Rochelle, and his impact on the team will be zero from here on out. The NBA has purged itself of its most despicable owner, and the league will be better for it, no matter who technically owns the team.
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4/30/14   |   Debi_L   |   11862 respect

Had the Warriors done as stated, it would have been the protest heard around the sports world, I have no doubt.  Kudos to Silver for recognizing the sincerity of the players, and doing something about it.  I also don't really follow NBA, but this has received enough mainstream coverage that I can't help but know what's going on.   I'm disgusted that we live in a world where a man with these beliefs can have this much power.  Thank you, Adam Silver, for taking that power away.

4/30/14   |   JenX63   |   32817 respect

Granted I know very little about basketball and the inner workings. That being said, it seems no "presidency" is immune from passing the buck until you finally arrive at one that is made to do the right thing. Kudos to him for having the backbone.

4/30/14   |   Scott   |   53919 respect

Adam Silver = another reason why I am glad David Stern is no longer in charge of the NBA