The NBA is working with the Clippers to appoint a chief executive officer to oversee the day-to-day operations of the team as the process to oust disgraced owner Donald Sterling continues, the league announced on Saturday via official release.
“The best way to ensure the stability of the team during this difficult situation is to move quickly and install a CEO to oversee the Clippers organization,” said Mike Bass, Executive Vice President, Communications. “The process of identifying that individual is underway.”
Sterling’s wife Shelly, a co-owner of the team, released a statement giving the league her full support.
“I spoke with Commissioner Adam Silver this week to tell him that I fully supported his recent swift and decisive action. We also agreed at that time that, as a next step, both the league and the team should work together to find some fresh, accomplished executive leadership for the Clippers. I welcome his active involvement in the search for a person of the utmost character, proven excellence and a commitment to promoting equality and inclusiveness.
“As a co-owner, I am fully committed to taking the necessary steps to make the Clippers the best team in the NBA. That has been my aspiration ever since 1981.”
Shelly attended Game 7 on Saturday, as the lifetime ban applied only to her husband.
This is a mere formality, but an important one in the league continuing to publicly distance itself from Sterling, while making it clear during every step of the process that the swift action to remove him as the team’s owner will move forward until the task is complete.