With the NBA’s owners’ 10-member advisory and finance committee scheduled to conduct a conference call Thursday to discuss the next steps in the ouster of Donald Sterling, a source close to the Clippers banned-for-life owner said he expects Sterling to mount a stiff legal challenge to commissioner Adam Silver’s ruling.

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The source who has worked with Sterling, but is not advising him in this case, said the disgraced owner likely will work with attorney Robert Platt to fight the NBA. Platt, a 1982 Fordham Law School grad, successfully defended Sterling in 2009 against former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor’s suit over alleged racial discrimination.

“I think it will be one last-ditch effort for both billionaire Sterling and millionaire Platt,” the source said.
On Tuesday, Silver announced Sterling’s ban plus a $2.5 million fine for racist remarks while stressing he will urge owners to force Sterling to sell. Under NBA by-laws, the owners can file charges of termination with the commissioner, who has three days to serve them. Next is a five-day period for Sterling to respond. The owners must vote within 10 days to force out Sterling with a three-quarters majority needed, a number Silver confidently said he could gather. Apparently, Sterling will not go quietly.