Saturday, April 26, 2014

An Open Letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Dear NBA:

I just listened to your press conference by Commissioner Adam Silver. I get that you have be careful and use due process to address the Donald Sterling situation. You want to be careful with such an emotional issue as race relations and discrimination. If true, what Donald Sterling said as a white owner of a team with an African-American President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach and an all-star laden team led by a pair of African-American stars in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin is truly offensive, disturbing and ultimately, very sad. Now, having said that, there is only one punishment if you authenticate the audio. The franchise must be taken away.

Owning a pro sports team is a privelege, not a right. Mr. Silver, you work for the owners and it's time for those owners to step up and say no, not here, not us, not ever. This is not how we, the owners, the coaches, the players, the officials and the NBA act and think. Act swiftly and act responsibly Mr. Silver.

Finally, it there was one coach that could get an NBA team over an emotional issue like this in the midst of a playoff run, it's Doc Rivers. I would've loved to be in that room today (Saturday) as he addressed his team on how to deal with this and for the team's sake, move on and focus on the task at hand.

Sincerely,
NBA Nation

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