The Donald Sterling versus the NBA saga is something we all want to end as soon as possible, so we can re-focus on what’s at stake in the NBA playoffs rather than give more attention to the racist Clippers owner. But according to the National Basketball Players Association, the NBA won’t attempt to make this a quick process.
NBPA Acting Exec Dir Ron Klempner: No timetable for removing Donald Sterling as owner as long as owners acting in good faith to do so.
— Liz Mullen (@SBJLizMullen) May 17, 2014
Based on all Sterling will attempt to fight, this saga was expected to draw on and if the NBA feels they need to take their time instead of rushing for a conclusion that would set a poor precedent for the future, this is the right tract to take.
Of course there will be pressure to remove Sterling as hastily as possible. For one, all people connected with the Clippers want Sterling removed immediately. Possible free agents may feel the same way as well as potential business partners, sponsors included.
Regardless of when Adam Silver and company come to a conclusive decision, the goal here is to get it right. Can this drag on past the upcoming season? Unless the courts have a say-so, then no. Sterling is a bad look on a business that looks to improve it’s popularity in the coming years and him remaining connected with the NBA would be poor business. We’ll see if they can get things done before July moratorium.