Reaction to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life Tuesday for racist remarks:

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"Commissioner Silver thank you for protecting our beautiful and powerful league!! Great leader!! #BiggerThanBasketball #StriveForGreatness" — Miami Heat star LeBron James on Twitter.

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"We are one." — Clippers' website.

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"Commissioner Silver has made the right moves in response to this unfortunate absurd spectacle." — Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Twitter.

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"The alleged statements made by Mr. Sterling were deplorable and cannot be tolerated. Bigotry and hatred have no place in the NBA or any other arena of our society." — NAACP statement.

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"Way to go, Commissioner Silver! The NBA stands for everybody!" — former star Shaquille O'Neal on Twitter.

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"This is a huge victory for those of us that stood against this ugly display of racism." — the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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"Standing ovation' for Commissioner Silver. Big time decision standing up for the league and it's players. Now, Gotta see it through." — Golden State guard Stephen Curry on Twitter. The Warriors are facing the Clippers in the playoffs.

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"We're all so fortunate to be part of a game that transcends these kinds of misguided ignorances. The beauty and ideals of our game will long outlive these kinds of things that should not happen." — Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle.

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"Credit to NBA players, the NBA community and Adam Silver for coming together and acting quickly. No room for racists in sport." — NFL Players Association Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.