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Doc Rivers was unaware of preliminary move to oust Donald Sterling

Doc Rivers was unaware of preliminary move to oust Donald Sterling
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said Thursday he was unaware that a group of NBA team owners had begun the process to remove Donald Sterling. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

OAKLAND -- Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said he had been unaware that a group of NBA owners had started the process to remove Donald Sterling from ownership of the team.

"No reaction," Rivers said Thursday when informed that the league announced an advisory/finance committee had unanimously agreed to "move forward as expeditiously as possible" to expel Sterling. "You're not surprised by that, so that's good for them. I think there's a lot of work to be done in that area and I'm just going to try to stay out of that area."

The vote by the NBA's 10-member advisory/finance committee was a precursor to a full vote of league owners. The committee is expected to meet again next week, though it's unclear when a full vote to terminate Sterling's ownership might take place.

The expulsion of Sterling would require a three-fourths vote — or 22 of 30 owners — to trigger a forced sale. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Tuesday he was confident he had the support of the owners he needed to oust Sterling after league investigators verified the voice on a recording making offensive comments about blacks belonged to Sterling.

Silver also fined Sterling $2.5 million and issued a lifetime ban from any involvement with the team. Rivers said he did not think Sterling’s wife, Rochelle, would attend Game 6 of the Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

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