At 1 p.m. Central Time today, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will hand down some form of punishment to Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling. And if Twitter’s sources are to be believed, it’s going to be severe.
On discipline for Donald Sterling, person briefed on league decision tells @CBSSports: “They’re hitting hard.” Announcement 2 p.m. ET.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) April 29, 2014
As covered here at DWW last night, a severe and precedent-setting punishment is to be expected, given the nature of the alleged offense and the track record of the man in question. The most interesting thing to keep an eye on is the continued reaction of head coach Doc Rivers and his players. Is there a scenario in which some form of strike/holdout/trade demand takes place?
It seems likely, although if the league suspends Sterling or elects a nuclear option that wrests the team from his ownership grasp, that may not happen. Would Rivers, Chris Paul, and others be content to be employed by Sterling’s organization even if he’s suspended? What if he’s no longer involved as an owner? What if the team stays in his wife or son-in-laws hands but he is out of the picture? There are many levels of potential penalties and possible reactions from those directly affected by the decision.
Across the basketball world this morning, there are plenty of good, informative reads regarding this situation. Ken Berger at CBS Sports posted this piece, with tons of information from a sports attorney regarding potential punishments that are within the realm of legal possibility.
We’ll have more links later today, as well as reaction on Silver’s press conference early this afternoon. There are a few more coaching rumblings around the league today, and not just from the Timberwolves’ perspective. And if you’ve forgotten amid this Sterling mess, there are indeed some fantastic playoff series continuing through the week. We’ll have some previews/recaps later on today and tomorrow regarding the first round of the postseason.