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Clippers Coach Doc Rivers Sympathizes With Donald Sterling’s Wife

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Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors – Game Four

Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling, center, was at Oracle Arena on April 27, 2014, to watch the Clippers-Warriors game. (Credit: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

One Clippers fan was surrounded by bodyguards as she arrived and departed Staples Center for Tuesday’s game.

It was Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling, the wife of Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

She called Coach Doc Rivers ahead of time and asked if she could attend the team’s playoff game against Golden State the same day her husband was handed a lifetime NBA ban by league Commissioner Adam Silver.

“It’s a tough one for Shelly,” Rivers said. “She didn’t do anything wrong … you have compassion for her.

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