One thing is clear for Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander: he wants Donald Sterling far away from the NBA after meeting with commissioner Adam Silver over the racist comments made by the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I thought that there’s got to be a way to disrupt him from owning the team, I gave him the sword to deal with this. I said, ‘Let the players become free agents. This kind of behavior can’t be allowed in the NBA by owners, players or anybody. This guy has no place in the family of the NBA. Whatever it takes, we have to make sure this kind of event never happens again.
I mentioned that to Adam(Silver) 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.”
Silver is scheduled to deliver a press conference Tuesday afternoon over the NBA’s investigation into the Sterling comments.