NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Sends a Message by Taking a Stand

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Trivia: Which NBA team went undefeated in the first round of the playoffs? (Answer below)

It first started as a report from the tabloid site TMZ. They released an audio recording of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s disparaging remarks. As the story got traction we learned that he’s had similar negative situations in the past. So NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took a stand and sent a message. He banned Sterling for life from having any involvement with the team/league. It seems fans, players and sports analysts alike think Silver made the right decision. Even President Obama while on his Asian trip expressed concerns. Silver went a step further in recommending that Sterling be stripped of the team. The debate in sports circles is whether that will happen. How can other owners cause another to lose team ownership? Well, it seems there’s a league constitution that owners sign as part of the business relationship. This document supposedly spells out the purposes and practices for successful operation. It probably reads like and serves as a legal document between the parties. In the regular world there are purposes and practices that lead to success as well. Some people might spell it out in a vision statement or in a purpose thread. The idea is to string that thread into the fabric of your true calling. Commissioner Silver said the decision wasn’t about Sterling or the Clippers. It was more about the brand and the stain of intolerance. It might also have been influenced by the “brotherhood” of the players who had begun taking their own stand. At the end of the day human bond is thicker than “Benjamin billions.” Tip: Your life’s purpose might equate to taking a stand, your true calling might relate to sending a message. Answer: Miami Heat

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