Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – NBA commissioner Adam Silver believes that the Donald Sterling saga is not yet over until the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers has been finalized.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer won the bid to buy the Clippers from Sterling but the latter declared that he will not approve the deal and continue his legal tussle with the NBA.
“When it’s done, then we can take a deep breath,” Silver told CNN’s Rachel Nichols in an exclusive interview Sunday.
Silver is also wary of the litigious Sterling, whom he says he’s known for decades.
“He’s unsold his club several times over the years,” Silver said. “There’s well-noted incidents in the league when he was right there at a closing and at the last minute decided not to sell. And until he signs that document, we still have a pending litigation with him.”
Silver banned Sterling from the NBA and fined him $2.5 million for his racist remarks that was leaked on the Internet.
During the interview, Silver also addressed non-Sterling-related scandal that he has been challenged with in his brief tenure: “Cramp-gate.”
The air-conditioning inside San Antonio’s AT&T Center failed during Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, sending the arena into sweltering conditions and Heat star LeBron James to the bench with cramps.
While some are floating conspiracy theories on behalf of the Spurs — something Silver dismisses — he nevertheless doesn’t run from that either and says the buck stops with the commissioner.
“I’m ultimately responsible,” he said.