Los Angeles Clippers

Doc Rivers on Donald Sterling's Lifetime Ban: 'We Can Now Move Forward'

USA Today
Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2014

Believe it or not, a few bright spots have emerged from the ugly situation involving Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Chief among them may be the handling of everything by coach Doc Rivers.

Tuesday, he exhibited class and professionalism once again, as he fielded questions from the media during a press conference regarding the lifetime ban of Sterling handed down by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

To begin, Rivers was able to share his concerns for his players, who were thrust into a position they likely hadn't imagined prior to Saturday:

Following the announcement of Sterling's ban, a $2.5 million fine and a plan to push fellow owners to vote for Sterling having to sell the team, Rivers and the Clippers are surely feeling some relief:

Still, they know there is likely more to come. This incident has sparked discussion, and the potential for litigation over whether or not Sterling can be forced to sell over something said in private will likely keep the conversation alive for some time:

Those things will certainly factor into Rivers' decision on whether or not he'll remain the Clippers head coach and president of basketball operations for next season:

Meanwhile, this team is still in the hunt for an NBA championship. The players were willing to show that that pursuit was of little importance compared to the moral fight they could potentially face:

Now that they know and are satisfied with the punishment levied by the league, the Clippers will try to refocus on winning battles on the court.


Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.

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