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SBD/May 15, 2014/Franchises
Donald, Rochelle Sterling Going Through Divorce, Which Could Hinder Sale Of Clippers
Published May 15, 2014
CHECK, MATE: Heat F LeBron James said the NBA is progressing "good enough for now" to remove Donald Sterling as Clippers Owner. James: "At the end of the day, we see what [NBA Commissioner] Adam Silver is doing, and he's moving forward. And if he continues, which we believe Adam Silver will do on the situation, then us players have nothing to worry about" (ESPNLA.com, 5/14). In Miami, Barry Jackson notes NBPA First VP Roger Mason Jr. yesterday "essentially retracted his comment from a day earlier" that James told him he would "boycott the start of next season" if Sterling still owned the Clippers. Mason tweeted, "LBJ never said anything about boycotting. He’s a friend and I would never want to imply something he didn’t say. ... My bad if I was not clear.” James said, "Roger’s a great guy. I don’t have a problem with him at all.” James added the "fact we have to continue to talk about (Sterling) sucks" (MIAMI HERALD, 5/15). In West Palm Beach, Jason Lieser writes James "has been the most outspoken player in the league" on the Sterling scandal (PALM BEACH POST, 5/15). Heat G James Jones, the team's NBPA rep, said that he "feels no boycott will take place." Jones: "However this thing plays out, it will play out the way that we all agree, which is to have Donald Sterling no longer being an owner of an NBA franchise" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 5/15).