Silver did what absolutely needed to be done with ban of Sterling

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave an unprecedented lifetime ban to Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave an unprecedented lifetime ban to Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

There is a long road ahead but for now, the league will bask in one of its finer moments. Crisis averted, respect restored and all across the country the applause is pouring in. Kevin Johnson called Silver "the players' commissioner." Steve Nash deemed it a "proud day." Magic lauded Silver for his great leadership while LeBron James thanked Silver for protecting them. The NBA allowed Sterling to linger too long, but better late than never. A fight with Sterling is coming, but today that fight seemed a long way off.