Report: Shelly Sterling wants Clippers to remain owned by her family
Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been thrown into a tough spot in light of the Donald Sterling scandal.
Should Rivers keep coaching the Clippers? Should he have accepted the job in the first place? Who are his allies in the organization.
It sounds as if he considers Sterling’s wife, Shelly, on his side. Rivers, via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
Rivers admitted he should have better researched Donald Sterling’s housing discrimination before taking the job, but I’m not sure he’s truly learned that lesson. Rivers in a Q&A, as transcribed by Rusty Simmons of SFGate:
Here’s a head start on your next research, Doc:
Maybe Rivers knows more about Shelly than the plaintiffs of that case do. Her conduct has been so confounding that perhaps only those who’ve spoken extensively with her have a clue what she thinks. I know I don’t have one.
More likely, Rivers has just been too busy coaching in the playoffs to research Shelly. I’m saddened he might be just setting himself up again for a bad situation.Perhaps fortunately for Rivers, the players union is looking out to ensure Shelly doesn’t remain near a position of power:
While the NBA is attempting to push Sterling out as owner, it’s uncertain if his wife or any other family member could take over the franchise. National Basketball Players Association vice-president Roger Mason, Jr., however, told Yahoo Sports that the players want completely new ownership and not a family member connected to Sterling. A source said that Shelley Sterling would like for her son-in-law Eric Miller, the Clippers’ Director of Basketball Administration, to take over the franchise.“We’re looking for a change in ownership. A complete change,” Mason said.
The NBA shouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but the league better do its due diligence into Shelly before letting Sterling’s family keep the team.