The world has been reacting to the alleged recorded racist comments of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, though some owners like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wouldn’t address it. Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander isn’t one of those owners, publicly condemning his comments calling them “disgusting.”
Alexander made it clear that he thinks Sterling has “no place in the family of the NBA,” but said he doesn’t think Sterling can have the team taken from him. Instead, Alexander suggested a different way of getting rid of Sterling, letting his players walk.
“I thought that there’s got to be a way to disrupt him from owning the team,” said Alexander, via the Houston Chronicle. “I gave him the sword to deal with this. I said, ‘Let the players become free agents.’”
Alexander continued: “I mentioned that to Adam. I told Adam I don’t think he can be removed because the constitution (of the NBA) only allows him to be removed except for gambling. I’m not sure that legally can be done. But if he loses his players, nobody is going to want to go there. He’ll only be able to get a player that is worth $2 million and will play for $12 (million.) And who is going to want to coach there?
“If you’re a player in the NBA you don’t want to play for somebody like that. If you worked for a company, you would walk away and say, ‘I’m gone.” I think the players should have that right.”