Kobe Bryant weighs in on Donald Sterling race row

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Los Angeles Lakers and NBA stalwart Kobe Bryant has taken to social networking website Twitter to express views over the race row that is currently involving elderly Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Sterling - the longest tenured owner in the league following last year's passing of Jerry Buss - allegedly made remarks of a racist nature in reports featured by TMZ last week, leaving the basketball world in a state of obvious shock.

While the NBA appear to be investigating the issue before coming to any concrete conclusion, some of the league's biggest names and most recognisable personalities have been quick to share their thoughts on the sorry saga.

"No. He should not continue owning the clippers. #nochance #noway #nohow," Bryant tweeted on Monday.

Although the 18-year veteran did not mention Sterling by name, it is clear exactly who he is talking about and the hashtags featured left little doubt as to how Bryant feels about the situation.

Earlier the same day, Bryant also told his 4.7 million followers: "In times like this is where we need to appreciate the Buss family!! #DrB #Jeanie #Jimmy #thankyou #LakerNation."

Just what happens next with Sterling remains to be seen. While reports earlier today suggested that iconic Lakers guard Magic Johnson was interested in purchasing the franchise, for now coach Doc Rivers and the Clippers - who wore their pre-game warm-up gear inside out at Oracle Arena on Sunday night to demonstrate their opposition to the alleged comments - must concentrate on successfully overcoming the Golden State Warriors in their first-round Western Conference playoff series.

Leading 2-1 heading into game four in Oakland, the Clippers fell victim to an excellent performance from Warriors point guard Steph Curry whose sparking display helped level the series at 2-2.

Game five between these two heated rivals is due to be played at Staples Center on Tuesday night.

With the Lakers not contesting the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade, Bryant - who missed most of the season after recovering from a torn achilles and later due to a fractured knee but was still rewarded with a lucrative two-year contract extension - will be focusing all of his energy on ensuring that he can play a bigger role next year.

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