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SBD/May 1, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NBA, Players' Union Find Solidarity Over Sterling Scandal, But Will Accord Last?
Published May 1, 2014
LOOKING AT THE BIG PICTURE: In DC, Rick Maese writes under the header, "Over Four Days, The Donald Sterling Story Led To Seismic Changes To Los Angeles Basketball And The NBA." The entire Clippers franchise was "trying to reconcile the team's mission with its owner's character." Many team employees "banded together, more loyal to the team and co-workers than the owner." One former Clippers employee said, "There wasn't a real connection between [Sterling] and the staff. I think the only times there was really a social gathering was at these annual 'white parties.' It was this big party at his place in Malibu where he'd invite Clippers staff, celebrities and friends, and everybody had to wear white" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/1). Former NBAer Pooh Richardson said of Sterling, "He's always been a distant kind of guy; he never really associated with the players that much. You're not asking to be the best friends with an owner, but when the owner doesn't talk to you ... you could feel the coldness in him" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 5/1). In L.A., Melissa Rohlin noted Clippers F Blake Griffin "didn't quite realize how big the fallout was going to be." Griffin said, "I don't think any of us really knew how big that was going to be, just because we didn't really know the magnitude. We hadn't heard anything" (LATIMES.com, 4/30).