BY: John Mamola

It’s been nearly a month since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced his ruling in the case of the leaked racist audio containing the voice of  LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.    Silver spoke for the first time since that press conference and said  forcing Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers is an "unprecedented proceeding" that is worth any obstacles that may arise.

Silver said he is "beyond anger" over the entire fiasco and left the door open for the Clippers' owner to sell the team on his own without going through the league's termination proceedings.

"Mr. Sterling still owns the Los Angeles Clippers," Silver said Tuesday night before the league's draft lottery in Times Square. "Mrs. Sterling, as I understand it, through a trust, owns 50 percent as well. It is their team to sell. And so he knows what the league's point of view is, and I'm sure if he wanted to sell the team on some reasonable timetable, I'd prefer he sell the team than we go through this process. So if that's what you mean by man to man, I'm open to it."

The NBA owners are planning a June 3 hearing after which owners could vote to force him to sell the franchise he has owned since 1981.