Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (center) has been banned by the NBA; he is seen here watching a Clippers game with V. Stiviano in 2011. Danny Moloshok/AP hide caption

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Former and current NBA players (from left) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Roger Mason, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Lakers' Steve Nash and former Laker and Clipper Norm Nixon, welcome the NBA's ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday. Noel Vasquez/Getty Images hide caption

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Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling attends the NBA playoff game between the Clippers and the Golden State Warriors on April 21. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine for Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday. Silver said the league verified an audio recording of Sterling making racist remarks. Elsa/Getty Images hide caption

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LeBron James of the Miami Heat wears black socks to protest Clippers owner Donald Sterling during the Heat's playoff game Monday against the Charlotte Bobcats. Stars throughout the NBA have offered bitter rebukes of Sterling. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images hide caption

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In a protest against comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, the team's players wore their red warm-up shirts inside out to hide the team's logo. The NBA is still working to confirm Sterling made the controversial statements. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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