The NBA believes it can legally prevent Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, from keeping her ownership portion of the franchise, ESPNLosAngeles.com reported.

According to the report, the NBA is claiming that it can stop Shelly Sterling from taking over the team because she was never approved as majority owner by its Board of Governors.

Even though commissioner Adam Silver specifically banned Donald Sterling, the NBA believes it can also legally oust Shelly Sterling.

Shelly Sterling has made it known that she intends to keep her 50 percent ownership interest in the Clippers. However, she has been cooperative with the NBA in actions taken to bar her husband for life and in the process of forcing him to give up the team.

The NBA has assumed operation of the Clippers since banning Sterling for making racist comments recorded on tape two weeks ago. Team president Andy Roesner was removed by the NBA and replaced by new CEO Dick Parsons on Friday.

Shelly Sterling has to be approved by the NBA's Board of Governors to be controlling owner of the team, but that is unlikely because of her association with her long-time husband.

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson said Friday that players would refuse to play for the Clippers if Shelly Sterling assumes ownership of the team because of her association with her husband and her past involvement in housing discrimination claims.