Is The Donald Sterling Controversy Going To Fade Into The Background Now That The Clippers Have Been Eliminated From The NBA Playoffs?
The Los Angeles Clippers‘ 2013-14 NBA season is over. Last night, they lost—at home—to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of their best-of-7 series and, as a result, they have now been eliminated from the 2014 NBA Playoffs. The Thunder will move on and play the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 Western Conference Finals. And the Clippers will be forced to take a good long look in the mirror this summer in order to evaluate what they need to do to advance further in the playoffs next season.
But does that mean that we’re going to stop talking about the Clippers this spring? Ideally, no. Because at this very moment, the NBA and the league’s owners are working hard to try and force Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell his team, in light of the recent racist remarks that he got caught making. It’s likely going to take awhile for them to do it, especially since Sterling is reportedly going to fight them every step of the way and do whatever he can to hold on to the Clippers. But it’s important for people not to let the Sterling controversy fade from memory now that the Clippers are finished with their season. It would be very easy for everyone to focus on the other teams in the playoffs and lose sight of the fact that Sterling is still with the Clippers. But everyone associated with the NBA—from the owners right down to the fans—needs to keep plugging away and continue to keep Sterling’s name in the headlines. The initial outrage about what he said may have faded by now. But that doesn’t mean that people shouldn’t still be upset about his association with the Clippers. And in order to oust him, the league needs people to continue to talk about what Sterling said.
As the days and weeks and months go by, it’s not going to be easy to continue to talk about Sterling and the Clippers. And truthfully, we don’t want to hear about the guy every day. There are lots of other great NBA stories that we’d rather discuss. But that doesn’t mean that we should let Sterling off the hook now simply because the Clippers’ season is over. It’s time to get that guy to sell his team. And in order to do it, we all need to continue talking about him until the league’s owners get rid of him.