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LeBron Won't Play If Sterling Is Owner Next Year: Report

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    The NBA is planning to remove Donald Sterling and his family as owners of the Los Angeles Clippers. If they don’t, it may be a while before people see LeBron James on the court again.

    According to CBSSports.com, former Miami Heat guard Roger Mason, Jr. told Jim Rome that LeBron “ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner,” next season. Mason said he had spoken to James about the possibility just a few days ago in his capacity as vice-president of the players’ union.

    James, who has one of the most powerful voices in the NBA, has been outspoken in his criticism of Sterling since his racial comments became public.

    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life from any involvement with the NBA and said at the time the league was moving ahead with a plan to remove him as owner of the team. To be removed, three-fourths of the league’s owners will have to approve the move.

    Heat owner Micky Arison and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban both said after Sterling was banned for life that they supported removing him as owner. The removal of Sterling will also include his wife Shelly’s 50 percent ownership as well, according to the NBA constitution.

    Both Donald and Shelly Sterling said they plan to fight the NBA’s plans to remove them as owners.