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ESPN’s Bomani Jones Reacts To Sterling’s Ban From NBA

By Nick Byerly
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(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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ESPN’s Bomani Jones talks with Marc James from “The Drive” about the announcement of the banishment of Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the organization and the NBA.

The announcement by Adam Silver came and delivered a life-time ban from the NBA and a $2.5 million fine; but according to Bomani Jones, this means very little in the long run.

“It’s not that big of a deal….he’s still going to get the money and still going to get the profits.”

All in all, it’s a ban from going to games and practices. But now, Sterling has the option of going to court, something that Sterling has done (in the past) and doesn’t mind doing now.

“Donald Sterling likes to get into fights in court,” says Jones.

This all is spun off the audio that was released from his girlfriend and him (allegedly) speaking about who she associates with at games and on Instagram. But this is not something new about Donald Sterling and his feelings towards people.

“I wrote about it in 2009 and again in 2011…..people knew about this it was there and in newspapers.”

Marc James talked further with Bomani Jones about the former regime with Commissioner David Stern and why nothing had been done in the past when given all the past acquisitions.

“You have to ask what was David Stern supposed to do.  He is in same situation as Adam Silver, he didn’t have a great deal of power. Basketball does not have an anti-trust exemption.”

You have to look at this as a huge deal for now newly commissioned Adam Silver.  Now with only three months on the job, this may be what shapes his future and legacy. This is an interesting story, but will this be forever upheld?

“I don’t think this will be number one….I also think fundamentally people don’t care,” says Jones.

The property that Adam Silver really wants to be on his bio is the age limit and the college game, not this Sterling scandal.

“He wants to be known for jacking the age limit up two or three years,” says Jones.

Now with the life-time ban being enforced on Donald Sterling and the next question is what he will do with the team. Many believe that a sell of the team is a must, but anytime you have a family type business, it is not always a given.

Names have been thrown out and at the top of the list is Magic Johnson, current investor and part owner in the LA Dodgers. Magic has expressed interest in the past about owning an NBA team.

“It’s possible…..it’s highly possible,” says Jones concerning Johnson.

We also got to talk with Bomani about the Charlotte Bobcats changing back their name & colors to the Hornets in the offseason.

“It’s going to be like night and day…..it is a big deal the Hornets mean something to Charlotte and the Bobcats don’t.”

Charlotte is ready for this team and it was a positive that the Bobcats made a playoff push going into next season. MKG is a draft pick that some are looking at with a huge question mark. His skills on the offensive end remain something to be desired; his defensive ability speaks for itself on the other hand.

“I understand why Jordan took him….you’ll get more payoff for him once the team gets good.”

Listen to the entire interview by clicking on the audio at the top.

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