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Donald Sterling's past may speak to a present course with NBA
Donald Sterling's past may speak to a present course with NBA

Donald Sterling's statements left fellow NBA owners cringing. He didn't deny what surfaced on an audio recording — words the wealthy owners were sure had cast a bad light on all of professional basketball. One NBA insider predicted the Clippers owner was "as good as gone." The year was 1982. On Thursday, 32 years later, a committee of 10 owners voted to "move forward as expeditiously as possible" to strip Sterling of his ownership of the team. When fellow NBA owners believed they were on the brink of tossing Sterling out of their exclusive club three decades ago, though, he dodged, then seemed to acquiesce. Then he hunkered down, surviving as owner...

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