In a landmark decision Tuesday afternoon, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in response to racist comments the league says Sterling made in a recorded conversation.

“This kind of behavior can’t be allowed in the NBA by owners, players or anybody,” Rockets owner Les Alexander told the Houston Chronicle. “This guy has no place in the family of the NBA. Whatever it takes, we have to make sure this kind of event never happens again.”

HOUSTON - Keep fighting and keep the faith.

That’s the message emanating from within the Rockets’ locker room in the wake of the loss that put them in a 3-1 series hole to the Portland Trail Blazers. Ever since Sunday’s heartbreaking overtime defeat, Dwight Howard has been preaching positivity while head coach Kevin McHale has implored his troops to embrace the grind of postseason basketball. And Tuesday afternoon, a man well versed in both subjects dropped by to hammer home that sermon the day before the Rockets put their season on the line in a must-win Game 5.

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