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NBA Commissioner Silver says 'unprecedented' attempt to oust Sterling is right thing to do

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gestures as he answers reporters' questions during a news conference before the NBA draft lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gestures as he answers reporters' questions during a news conference before the NBA draft lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gestures as he answers reporters' questions during a press conference before the NBA Draft Lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gestures as he answers reporters' questions during a press conference before the NBA Draft Lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  (The Associated Press)

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers is an "unprecedented proceeding" that is worth any obstacles that may arise.

Silver says Tuesday that the NBA is "pursuing the right course here and doing the right thing" in trying to end Sterling's ownership following his racist comments.

The league charged Sterling on Monday with damaging the league and its marketing partners, and is planning a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to force him to sell the franchise he has owned since 1981.

Silver says Sterling's remarks caused an anger and a sadness in the league, and referencing Kevin Durant's emotional speech after winning the MVP award, says Durant "embodies what this league is all about and frankly Mr. Sterling doesn't."