In his first real test as NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver came down hard on Donald Sterling following the emergence of his racist and bigoted conversation.
Silver handed the LA Clippers owner a lifetime ban, $2.5million dollar fine, and is set to get the other franchise owners to vote him out and force Sterling to sell the organization.
These actions could result in a hefty legal battle which could drag on for some time to come.
All this leads to the chance that Sterling is still in charge of the Clippers come the start of next season. And according to Charles Barkley, NBA players could sit out games if Sterling is still at the top of the Clippers.
Barkley appeared on The Dan Patrick Show today and had this to say (from the twitter of Will Brinson): "Charles Barkley on @dpshow: 'No basketball is going to be played next year if Donald Sterling still owns the Clippers'"
Barkley is never one to shy away from giving his opinion and a potential lock out would be a drastic move if it does transpire.
All of this is a bunch of ifs and maybe's at the moment but the players association has been rumoured to have been close to striking in the past if Silver wasn't as strong in his decision on Sterling.