The NBA is looking to appoint a chief executive officer to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Los Angeles Clippers, the league announced over the weekend as reported by ESPN.
This announcement is part of the aftermath following disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling being banned by the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million for making racist remarks during a recorded conversation that hit the Internet.
In addition, ESPN reports that the Clippers' president, Andy Roeser, had been in charge of the team since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling last Tuesday, however Roeser angered many throughout the organization when he released a statement initially giving Sterling the benefit of the doubt. A source told ESPN that once the NBA appoints a CEO, that person will supersede Roeser and decide whether he remains with the organization.
"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," league spokesman Mike Bass told ESPN. "The process of identifying that individual is underway."
Clippers coach Doc Rivers approves.
"The NBA has to do their job, they really do," Rivers said. "They have a lot on their plate as well and I don't think this is something that they can wait on. They're going to do their job."
Last Thursday, the NBA’s 10-member advisory/finance committee met to begin the discussion of expediting the removal of Sterling as the Clippers’ owner. As Silver stated last Tuesday, the league’s owners can force Sterling to sell the franchise if three-fourths of them vote against him.
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