The dark cloud of owner
Unburdened after Sterling was banned for life by Commissioner
Game 6 is Thursday night in Oakland.
“I just thought they had great mental toughness tonight,” Clippers Coach
No Clipper seemed to want it as much as
"He texted me right after we got back to L.A. [Sunday night] and said, 'That wasn't me and I will be back,'" Rivers said, referring to Jordan's scoreless effort in Game 4. "I didn't know he meant that."
The day started when Silver banned Sterling for life from any association with the Clippers organization or the
Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million and will urge the Board of Governors to use its authority to force Sterling to sell the team.
Sterling's downfall came when his voice was heard on an audio recording telling a friend he was upset she posted a picture on
Silver said Sterling admitted that he was the person on the recording.
"In response to today's ruling by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, my teammates and I are in agreement with this decision," Paul said.
The Clippers had "We Are One" on the team's website surrounded in black. Eleven other NBA teams had the same slogan on their websites as a sign of unity.
All of the Clippers' team personnel wore black for solidarity, and they did so with Sterling's wife, Shelly, being at the game.
"She asked if she could come, which I thought was a very nice gesture," Rivers said. "She told me to tell them [the players] that she loved them."
With Sterling gone, Andy Roeser, the Clippers' president and NBA alternate governor, will continue to run the day-to-day business operations and Rivers, who also is the senior vice president of basketball operations, will continue to run the basketball side.
"He made a decision today that had to be made," Rivers said about Silver. "I don't think this is something we rejoice in or anything like that. I told the players about the decision and I think they were just happy that there was a resolution and it's over."