Adam Silver and the NBA aren't taking their time when it comes to the process of forcing a sale of the Los Angeles Clippers from Donald Sterling's ownership of the team. A 10-member Advisory/Finance Committee met via teleconference Thursday and unanimously voted to move forward as quickly as possible in the removal of Sterling from the league and will reconvene next week.
From the NBA:
“This afternoon the Advisory/Finance Committee met via conference call to discuss the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers. The Committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week.”
The committee is comprised of Minnesota Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison, Los Angeles Lakers' part owner and business operations' president Jeanie Buss, Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett, New York Knicks' owner James Dolan, Boston Celtics' owner Wyc Grousbeck, San Antonio Spurs' owner Peter Holt, Phoenix Suns' owner Robert Sarver, Indiana Pacers' owner Herb Simon, and chairman of Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment Larry Tanenbaum. MLSE owns the Toronto Raptors.
Silver announced on Tuesday that Sterling has been banned for life from the NBA and the Los Angeles Clippers while also being given a $2.5 million fine. The commissioner also told the media he will move toward forcing the sale of the Clippers' franchise by asking the Board of Governors to vote on the matter. The NBA would need three-forths of the votes from the owners to force the sale of the franchise.
Sterling was hit with this punishment following the leaking of secretly recorded conversations by an alleged ex-girlfriend in which he made racist remarks about black people and this woman's posting pictures online of her with black people.