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Silver: NBA's fight with Sterling almost over

Adam Silver Gives Finals Address

AP Basketball Writer

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Donald Sterling hasn't quite given up the fight, but Adam Silver thinks the time is coming.

"While I understand his frustration, I think it's over," Silver said Sunday.

The NBA commissioner said Sterling still hasn't signed off on the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, or agreed to drop his lawsuit against Silver or the NBA. But Silver believes he ultimately will, because Shelly Sterling's agreement with the league covers the NBA's legal responsibilities in case of a suit.

"So in essence, Donald is suing himself and he knows that," Silver said.

Silver also said before Game 2 of the NBA Finals that there is "absolutely no possibility" of rescinding the lifetime ban or $2.5 million fine he handed down to Sterling following his racist remarks.

Silver said he spoke with Sterling shortly after delivering his punishments and found him to be "distraught" but "not remorseful at that time."

Sterling's attorneys had eventually indicated to the league that he would drop his fight and work with his estranged wife to finish off the record $2 billion sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling may be changing his mind now, but Silver doesn't seem concerned.

"I think it's just a matter of time now, and then we will move on to better topics and back to the finals," Silver said.

The dominant topic at the finals thus far has been the air conditioning failure in Game 1. Temperatures in the arena rose to about 90 degrees in the second half, and Heat star LeBron James left the game with about 4 minutes left after battling cramps.

Silver said he is satisfied the problem has been fixed and that the situation was handled as best as possible after the circuit breaker failed just before the game, leaving no time for repair.

""In hindsight it wasn't handled perfectly, but they'd never been confronted with that issue before," said Silver, who was at the game and communicating with league and arena officials.

"I would say that it's certainly not one of my prouder moments in my short tenure as commissioner so far, but it's the nature of this game. There always are going to be human and mechanical errors and it's unfortunate."

With the Sterling situation, and the rocky first finals game of his tenure, Silver has had some difficult moments during his first four months on the job. He replaced David Stern on Feb. 1, and both men have said they proud of the way the transition was handled.

Silver was designated as Stern's successor in October 2012, when Stern announced his plans to retire as commissioner. But Silver had already been taking on more responsibilities by then, serving as the league's lead negotiator during the lockout in 2011, and Stern repeatedly said he was confident Silver was the man to take the NBA to new heights.

But Silver probably couldn't have imagined some of the things he would face so soon.

"It's the early days. I've done the best I could," Silver said.

He has been widely praised for his response to Sterling's remarks, though said Sunday in hindsight he wishes perhaps the NBA could have done more sooner after previous allegations of racist behavior by Sterling.

However, something is being done now.

"I take very seriously the fact that he has a pending lawsuit against the league. So I want to make sure that's resolved before we say this is behind us, but I have absolute confidence it will be," Silver said.

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Troy O June 09 2014 at 10:48 AM

I will never watch another NBA game or buy Merchandise as long as I live because of this BS..
Bottom Line...Right or Wrong it was comments made in Private that were illegally recorded Period!!!
When a person is forced to sell his business because of this, There is no balance of justice.

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texastotenmom June 09 2014 at 11:26 AM

all the fans n white Americans have the power to "BOYCOTT ALL NBA N ALL NBA APPAREL n shut this "black racist NBA down n dont wait till the tables are turned on all of you ~~"BOYCOTT ALL NBA N ALL NBA APPAREL NO0WWWWWW. !

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bigcatdaddy June 09 2014 at 10:50 AM

Is Adam silver as ignorant as he appears?

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Charlie June 09 2014 at 11:02 AM

if a person is forced to sell his property because of something he or she says in the privacy of their home which was recorded without their knowledge then American values have gone down the tube. silver needs to be called out as he is totally out of line.

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rhhume June 09 2014 at 10:53 AM

Silver is a reverse rasist

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micen57 rhhume June 09 2014 at 2:54 PM

no, he's a black kiss ass

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HI BEAUTIFUL rhhume June 10 2014 at 3:27 AM

No, he is the big black coward boys mouth piece. Amazing they hired a honky to talk for them. Oh yeah, I forgot, most of them can only speak nasty things.

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arnoldhoneybrown June 09 2014 at 10:40 AM

Amazing that NBA is able to go around your Constitutional Rights . Says something at home an Bam !
Also so amazing that those throwing him an Paula under the bus are All making every excuse in the world for Justin foul mouth Bieber an his MANY Racist rants !
Once again proving if your in hip hop your allowed to say what ever you want !

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deweese100 June 09 2014 at 10:38 AM

I wonder how Mr. Silver will act when the tables are turned?

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ganderrrr deweese100 June 09 2014 at 11:41 AM

Not likely, as Silver is neither an NBA team owner nor an ourspoken racist.

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Henry Bevis ganderrrr June 09 2014 at 12:00 PM

You don't know what silver is...........

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g23you2012 deweese100 June 09 2014 at 2:52 PM

He is typical. He can't take what he disses out.

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allstarcaps June 09 2014 at 10:55 AM

Opinion: Sliver is nothing but a dweeb on a stump!!

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iminyrdreams June 09 2014 at 10:34 AM

leavr him alone it was that n woman that started it all, that rotten person

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agolfingfreak iminyrdreams June 09 2014 at 12:46 PM

Yea and she probably not a US citizen Ship her out toooooooo

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Karen iminyrdreams June 10 2014 at 12:59 AM

Maybe so, but that (n)igger loving Adam Silver over-stepped his bounds by trying to be the big fish in the little pond. Sterling did absolutely nothing wrong while I feel Adam Silver should turn in his resignation for being inexperienced and just plain ignorant. Donald Sterling - mop the floor up with this loser.

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morob54 June 09 2014 at 1:33 PM

HOW about mr .silver , You look into the racist , sexist ,homphobic music that 3/4 of your N B A players listen too ?? If were going to go in to someones personal HOME conversations ,Then maybe we should monitor SAID outraged N B A players home conversations and music that blurts the N -WORD like it`s candy most closeely . Make it a mandatory 30 day suspension if a players during a game calls another player something deragatory or racist??

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