If NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had not come down hard on disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling earlier on Tuesday, there may not have been a Game 5 tonight between the Clippers and Golden State Warriors.
Roger Mason Jr., the vice president of the NBA Player’s Association, stated that all players would have boycotted the playoff games tonight across the league if Silver did not punish Sterling accordingly.
If indeed Silver’s penalties were deemed too light, the Warriors had quite an epic plan to boycott the game. Here it is from Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group:
The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions. They were going to take the floor for the jump ball, dapping up the Clippers players as is customary before games.
Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them.
The idea, according to Thompson, came from veterans Stephen Curry, David Lee, and Andre Iguodala.
This will not happen tonight, as Silver handed down steep penalties on Sterling, who was caught on tape making racist remarks against blacks. Sterling was banned from the NBA for life, fined the maximum $2.5 million, and will be pushed to sell the team.
But if the players were not satisfied with Silver’s actions for whatever reason, the Warriors were not going to play, and had a beautiful and symbolic plan to show their displeasure.
Fortunately, they won’t need to go through with it.