Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes the NBA would be a better league without Donald Sterling in it, but Cuban called the potential scenario of forcing the Los Angeles Clippers owner to sell the team in wake of the racist comments attributed to him "a slippery slope." Cuban was one of several NBA owners to make strong comments about Sterling on Monday, a day before commissioner Adam Silver is scheduled to hold a press conference in New York to make an announcement regarding the league's investigation into the issue. However, Cuban was the only one to express concern about the potential precedent that could be set by forcing Sterling to leave the league. "I think there's a constitution for a reason, right? Because this is a very slippery slope," Cuban said before Game 4 of the Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs series. "What Donald said was wrong. It was abhorrent. There's no place for racism in the NBA, any business I'm associated with, and I don't want to be associated with people who have that position. "But at the same time, that's a decision I make. I think you've got to be very, very careful when you start making blanket statements about what people say and think, as opposed to what they do. It's a very, very slippery slope. "Again, there's no excuse for his positions. There's no excuse for what he said. There's no excuse for anybody to support racism. There's no place for it in our league, but there's a very, very, very slippery slope." Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, on the other hand, made it clear in an interview with the Houston Chronicle that he wanted Sterling to be forced out of the league. Like Cuban, Alexander interpreted the NBA constitution to not allow the commissioner to have the power to remove an owner except for gambling. However, Alexander said he suggested to Silver that all the Clippers players could be given the option to become free agents after this season, a step toward driving Sterling out of the league.
Cuban not in favor of booting Sterling
ESPN | Apr 29