The Golden State Warriors players would have pursued a boycott of their playoffs encounter with LA Clippers on Tuesday had the NBA not taken a suitable decision when it came to the controversy created by Donald Sterling.
It is reported by Mercury News that the players had held a meeting before the game to decide on their best cause of action to join the protests against Sterling. And they decided on a potentially dramatic one.
The plan was set for the Warriors to go through their usual shooting practice and pre-game drills on the court, before being introduced into proceedings as normal and lining-up for the national anthems. But then, once the ball was sent in the air for the tip off, all 15 players would have left the court for the locker room.
And the wanted the Clippers players to join them, too.
“It would have been our only chance to make a statement in front of the biggest audience that we weren’t going to accept anything but the maximum punishment,” Steph Curry said. “We would deal with the consequences later but we were not going to play.”
It was, however, action deemed unnecessary as the NBA sanctioned Sterling shortly before the game. NBA commissioner Adam Silver took the decision to banish the Clippers owners from the sport, and prevent him from having anything to do with the NBA in the future.
This was a decision that clearly appeased the Warriors players, who abandoned their plans and took to the court as normal. The Clippers got the win 113-103, and now lead 3-2.