Obama had weighed in on the controversy over the weekend during a trip to Asia. The president called Sterling's secretly recorded comments "incredibly offensive racist statements." He also cast Sterling's remarks as part of a continuing legacy of slavery and discrimination that Americans have to constantly be on guard against.
James suggested Saturday that he might have to think about sitting out a game in protest if Silver didn't reach a quick and strong decision. He said Wednesday he's glad the players didn't have to boycott.
Several players have said there was a plan in place to not participate in Tuesday night's games had they not been satisfied with Silver's decision. James and the Heat completed a first-round sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday and are awaiting their second-round opponent.
The two-time defending champions will face the winner of the Toronto-Brooklyn series, tied 2-2 entering Game 5 on Wednesday. The time off has given James a chance to rest a quad injury and think about the ramifications from and lasting impact of the Sterling controversy.
James said it was just a matter of time before Sterling's history of alleged discrimination and racist views would be exposed at a level that would cost him his role in the NBA.
"Who you are will come to light; you can't hide it," James said. "It don't matter how much you can fake in front of cameras or try to be someone you're not. At end of the day, who you truly are will come to light. No matter if [Sterling] said that in confinement of his family or said that by himself, he is who he is. He was that before he even owned the Clippers."
Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Darren Rovell was used in this report.