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The inside story of the moment that changed the NBA forever

For four days, the Donald Sterling tapes threatened to shut down the 2014 NBA playoffs. Five years later, it remains one of the great what-ifs in league history.

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The Sterling Affairs: Listen to the 30 for 30 five-part podcast series

When an audio recording of a racist rant by former Clippers owner Donald Sterling was leaked online in 2014, it caused an uproar that changed the NBA forever. "The Sterling Affairs" podcast is available now.

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