Most of the advertising signage at Staples Center was either covered in black cloth or removed for the game. Many sponsors dropped the Clippers or re-evaluated their relationships with the NBA over the past several days, and Silver is hopeful they will return with Sterling's departure.
Sterling's long-estranged wife, Rochelle, watched the game from a seat in the lower bowl, not in the courtside chairs usually occupied by the couple — or by Donald Sterling and a string of young female friends. One of those friends, V. Stiviano, was the other voice on the recordings made public last week.
Silver said Sterling had confirmed his voice was on the recordings. He criticized Stiviano for posting pictures of herself online with black athletes Magic Johnson and Matt Kemp.
"Don't bring him to my games," Sterling said of Johnson, the former Lakers star and current Los Angeles Dodgers owner. "Yeah, it bothers me a lot that you want to promo, broadcast, that you're associating with black people. Do you have to?"
Despite the urgency of the potential move, Sterling seems almost certain to get the highest sale price in history for an NBA franchise if he is indeed forced to sell. After decades of incompetence under Sterling's watch, the Clippers are now a successful team located in glamorous Los Angeles — and they're about to get much more valuable when they sign a new broadcast deal in 2016.
After the news of Sterling's comments broke last weekend, Rivers clearly questioned whether he would stay with the team that pried him away from the Boston Celtics a year ago with a lucrative contract. The championship-winning coach, who is black, said he still hadn't made up his mind before Game 5.
"I had given it zero thought, as far as that goes," said Rivers, who briefly played for Sterling with the Clippers. "Obviously, Adam's decision, if there was going to be one, makes mine easier."
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