Donald Sterling’s wife attends Clippers’ Game 5 win over Golden State

Photo courtesy of John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News

Photo courtesy of John McCoy/Los Angeles Daily News

Flanked by six body guards, the wife of embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling attended the team’s Game 5 victory Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors in a suite at Staples Center. Apparently, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver instituting a life-time ban on Sterling for making racially disparaging remarks on an audio tape does not apply to family members, including Rochelle.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers called the incident a “tough one” and admitted he held “compassion for her” amid Sterling having an argument with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, about posting pictures of herself with Lakers legend Magic Johnson on Instagram and bringing black friends to games.

“She has been through as much as anyone as well,” said Rivers, who pointed out Sterling’s open cheating. “She asked if she could come. I thought that was a very nice gesture. She wanted the players to know and she told me to tell them that she loved them. I thought, ‘Why not?’”

Well, a Los Angeles Times report highlighted previously unearthed court documents that suggest she denigrated African Americans, Latinos and once posed as a health inspector. Although Rochelle, also known as Shelly, publicly separated herself from her husband’s remarks, they were seen leaving a steakhouse on Monday night.

This reporter approached Rivers after his press conference alerting him about the report. Rivers said he was unaware of those findings.

“We’re going to find out new things everyday,” Rivers said with a hint of resignation before walking toward the Staples Center loading dock.
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At the end of a long, historic day the Clippers could breathe again. And focus on basketball

By Vincent Bonsignore

With the world watching, the NBA pounced on Donald Sterling Tuesday.

It did so swiftly, decisively and with unprecedented force when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stood at a podium in New York and hammered the Clippers owner with a lifetime ban that permanently disconnects him from any official association with the Clippers or NBA.

Then Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million dollars, the maximum allowed under his jurisdiction. Most importantly, he urged the NBA Board of Governors to unite together in vote to force Sterling to sell the team he’s owned for more than three decades.

“Adam Silver today was fantastic,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “He made a decision that had to be made.”
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Five things to take from Clippers’ 113-103 win over Golden State Warriors

Below are five things to take from Clippers’ 113-103 Game 5 over Golden State Warriors at Staples Center beyond taking a 3-2 lead having a chance to close their first-round series with 6 Thursday in Oakland:

1. The Clippers played looser. Two days ago, the Clippers appeared sapped of energy after the fall out regarding Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racially disparaging remarks on an audio tape. On Tuesday, the Clippers appeared rejuvenated after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a life-time ban from Sterling having any involvement from the organization. This marks the beginning a long process in finding a new owner and handling a potentially lengthy litigation battle with Sterling. It’s also interesting that Blake Griffin’s 18 points and seven rebounds came after shooting only 2 of 9 through three quarters. But with the sold-out crowd at Staples Center yelling “We are one,” the Clippers played with the same energy, athleticism and memorable play-making that made this team such a dangerous playoff team beforehand.

2. DeAndre Jordan showed tremendous improvement.
The man who mostly disappeared in a Game 3 loss seemed everywhere in Game 4. The man who went scoreless in Game 3 dropped 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting in Game 4. The man who lacked much of a defensive identity in Game 3 morphed back to his season-long defensive credentials with 18 rebounds and four blocks. Attribute this difference toward Jordan playing more inspired amid all the adversity. But it also suggests that rarely will Jordan will have a bad game. Instead, he has channeled his efforts all season into maintaining consistency as the Clippers’ defensive anchor.
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Donald Sterling scandal: Doc Rivers says “we can move forward”

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during their game against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter during Game 4 of their Western Conference NBA playoff game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers during their game against the Golden State Warriors in the second quarter during Game 4 of their Western Conference NBA playoff game at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, April 27, 2014. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group)

Even amid uncertainty surrounding the Clippers’ playoff fortunes, who their owner will become or will end up on their roster next season, Clippers coach Doc Rivers argued “we can move forward” after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a life-time ban on Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Silver announced the punishment four days after an audio tape emerged of Sterling making racially offensive remarks.

“Adam Silver today was fantastic,” Rivers said. “He made a decision that really was the right one that had to be made. I don’t think this is something that we rejoice in or anything like that.”

That’s why Rivers recalled his players offering a stoic reaction after learning about the ruling during a morning film session Tuesday for prepare for Game 5 of the Clippers’ first-round series against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. The series is tied, 2-2.

“Honestly there was nothing in the room at that time when I said it,” Rivers said. “There was complete silence. I said what I thought I needed to tell them and then we went right back to film.”
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NBA players union wants immediate vote on Donald Sterling selling Clippers

Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference at Los Angeles city hall regarding NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's banning of Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA  April 29, 2014.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference at Los Angeles city hall regarding NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s banning of Donald Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers or the NBA April 29, 2014.(Andy Holzman/Los Angeles Daily News)

Even though he was “satisfied” with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issuing a life-time ban to Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making racially insensitive comments, players union vice president Roger Mason Jr. wants an immediate vote on league owners to strip away Sterling’s ownership.

“I would imagine it would be tough for a kid getting drafted or a free agent player making a decision to play for this franchise without a change of ownership in place,” Mason Jr. told this newspaper. “I would hope it gets done sooner or later.”

According to a league source familiar with the details, the NBA is currently uncertain when the next Board of Governors meeting will take place for a vote. But Silver said in a press conference in New York on Tuesday that the league would need 75 percent of its 30 owners to vote in favor of Sterling’s ouster. The majority of NBA owners, including Lakers owner Jeanie Buss, released statements expressing support for Silver’s punishment that also included a $2.5 million fine.

“We are satisfied he made that decision,” Mason Jr. said. “Ultimately our full satisfaction is not going to come until there’s a full change in ownership. This is the first step.”
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Donald Sterling scandal: Select transcript of Adam Silver’s press conference announcing Clippers owner’s life-time ban

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his Stiviano. (File photo by Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his Stiviano. (File photo by Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

Below is a select transcript of what NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday in a press conference in New York in which he announced Clippers owner Donald Sterling would receive a life-time ban and a $2.5 million fine for making racially disparaging remarks on an audio tape.

Silver:
Shortly after the release of an audio recording this past Saturday morning of a conversation that allegedly included Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the NBA commenced an investigation, which among other things, included an interview with Mr. Sterling. That investigation is now complete. The central findings of the investigation is that the man on his voice that is heard on the recording and on a second recording from the same conversation that was released on Sunday is Mr. Sterling. The hateful opinion voiced by that man are those of Mr. Sterling. The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage. Sentiments of his kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic league. I’m personally distraught that the views by Mr. Sterling came from within an institution that has historically taken such a leadership role in manners of race relations and cause former and current players, coaches, fans and partners of the NBA to question their very association with the league. To them and pioneers of the game, like Early Lloyd, Chuck Cooper, Sweet Water Clifton, the great Bill Russell and particularly, Magic Johnson, I apologize.

Accordingly, effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA. Mr. Sterling may not attend any NBA games, practices and he may not be present at any Clippers facility and may not participate in any business or player personnel decisions involving the team. He will also be barred from attending NBA Board of Governors meetings and participate in any other league activities. I am also fining Mr. Sterling $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed under the NBA constitution. These funds will be donated to organizations of anti-discrimination and tolerance efforts that will be jointly selected by the NBA and the players association. As for Mr. Sterling’s ownership interest in the Clippers, I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise their authority to force a sale of the team and will do everything in my power to ensure that happens. This has been a painful moment for all members of the NBA family. I appreciate the support and understanding of this process. I am particularly grateful for the leadership shown by Coach Doc Rivers, union president Chris Paul and mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento acting as the player representative in this manner. We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views. They simply have no place in the NBA.

Question:
Do you or any of your adversaries have any clue as to whether Mr. Sterling will act to your wishes to sell the team, or do you expect a fight?

Silver: I have no idea

Question: From polling the owners you have spoken to, what support do you think you have to force Mr. Sterling to sell the team?

Silver: I didn’t poll the owners. I spoke to several owners and I have their full support.

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Donald Sterling scandal: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver bans him “for life”

In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intent on moving quickly in dealing with the racially charged scandal surrounding Clippers owner Sterling. The NBA league will discuss its investigation Tuesday, April 29, 2014, before the Clippers play Golden State in Game 5 of their playoff series. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

In this Dec. 19, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Los Angeles Lakers during an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is intent on moving quickly in dealing with the racially charged scandal surrounding Clippers owner Sterling. The NBA league will discuss its investigation Tuesday, April 29, 2014, before the Clippers play Golden State in Game 5 of their playoff series. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

Amid racially charged comments attributed to him in a released audio tape, Clippers owner Donald Sterling will face a life-time suspension and face a $2.5 million fine, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced in a press conference Tuesday in New York.

“Effective immediately, I am banning Mr. Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the NBA,” Sterling said.

Sterling, who has overseen the Clippers franchise for the past 33 years, will not be allowed to attend any basketball games, including Tuesday when the Clippers host Game 5 of their first-round series against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center, practices or have any say in business or personnel decisions. Sterling will also be barred from attending the NBA’s Board of Governor meetings. Silver said Sterling’s fines will go to selected anti-discriminator organizations.

“I will urge the Board of Governors to exercise its authority to force the sale of the team,” Silver said. “I will do everything in my power to assure that happens.”

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Donald Sterling scandal: Betfair Sportsbook features various odds on outcome

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, in Los Angeles. The Magic won 113-106. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling looks on during the second half of their NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008, in Los Angeles. The Magic won 113-106. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Courtesy of Betfair Sportsbook, below is a list of odds on various outcomes surrounding the controversy surrounding Donald Sterling’s alleged comments in which made racially disparaging remarks on an audio tape. NBA commissioner Adam Silver will have a press conference at 11 a.m. PST in which he will provide more clarity. But Betfair Sportsbook provides a few possibilities.

What is Donald Sterling’s eventual fate?
- The NBA will suspend him for a year: 11/10
- The NBA will suspend him indefinitely: 7/4
- He will sell the team: 3/1
- The NBA will ban him from the league forever: 15/1
- The NBA will take over ownership of the team: 20/1
- No punishment: 100/1
- He takes ownership of a NASCAR team: 500/1

What will Doc Rivers decide as Head Coach of the LA Clippers?*
- He will quit the Team before the start of next season: 5/2
- He will request to be traded to another another team: 4/1

Will Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, or any member of the Clippers request
to be traded or demand to be cut, at the end of the season due to
Sterling’s comments?*
- Yes: 14/1
- No: 1/50

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Would Magic Johnson be interested in purchasing Clippers?

Former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson is joined by WNBA president Laurel Richie in front of Staples Center on Feb. 5, 2014, to announce that he is part of a group buying the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Former Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson is joined by WNBA president Laurel Richie in front of Staples Center on Feb. 5, 2014, to announce that he is part of a group buying the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

If the Clippers were ever put up for sale, would Magic Johnson would be interested in purchasing the franchise should he receive financial support from Guggenheim Partners?

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has come under intense criticism amid making racially charged comments purportedly made in an audio recording obtained by TMZ. In that recording, Sterling purportedly told a female companion both to stop posing for pictures with Johnson and not to bring black people to his games at Staples Center.

The NBA plans to have a press conference in New York where its league offices are located on Tuesday to announce findings from their investigation.

“There’s nothing for sale and nothing to consider at all,” said a person familiar with Johnson’s thinking.
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Donald Sterling controversey: Staples Center promises to have “welcoming enviornment” for Clippers-Warriors’ Game 5

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, APril 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments "disturbing and offensive." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers team owner Donald Sterling watches his team play in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to his girlfriend. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, APril 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ’s website. Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

In the wake of Clippers owner Donald Sterling purportedly making racially insensitive remarks, Staples Center promised it provide a “safe, secure and welcoming environment” for when the Clippers host the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday for Game 5 of their first-round series.

“We are deeply troubled by these disturbing remarks which go against everything we believe in as an organization,” according to the statement released by Staples Center. “We support the players, the coaches, the rest of the team and their fans and we are committed to providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment for everyone at tomorrow night’s NBA playoff game.”

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