In hopes of providing more clarity in officially removing Donald Sterling as the Clippers owner, the NBA owners’ advisory and finance committee hold a meeting on Thursday, a league source confirmed.
The 10-member committee will have a conference call two days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued Sterling a life-time ban and fined him $2.5 million amid racially derogatory remarks he made on an audio tapes that were leaked this week through Websites, TMZ and Deadspin. Under the by-laws in the NBA Constitution, the league needs a three-fourths majority from the Board of Governors to remove Sterling’s ownership position. A league source familiar with the procedure anticipates the vote will take place “sooner rather than later.”
“The focus first was on getting the guy out,” explained a league source familiar with the NBA’s thought process regarding Sterling. “Once you get him out, you can do everything you have to do.”
Minnesota owner Glen Taylor chairs the committee, which also includes Miami’s Micky Arison, the Lakers’ Jeanie Buss, Oklahoma City’s Clay Bennett, New York’s James Dolan, Boston’s Wyc Grousbeck, San Antonio’s Peter Holt, Phoenix’s Robert Sarver, Indiana’s Herb Simon, and Toronto’s Larry Tanenbaum.