In light of the Donald Sterling story, which led to his banishment from the NBA on Tuesday, there have been many critics who felt NBA players didn’t take a strong enough stand. A report in the San Jose Mercury News today reveals how the Golden State Warriors were going to handle the situation of NBA commissioner Adam Silver didn’t come down with a heavy hand.
This is from the Mercury-New story written by Marcus Thompson II:
Warriors players had a devised a plan that, had they gone through with, would’ve been one for the history books. The plan was to go through the pre-game festivities Tuesday night, then take the floor for the opening tip. Dap the Clippers starters, as is customary, and get in position for the jump ball.
As soon as it was tossed, point guard Stephen Curry said his team was going to walk off the floor in protest. All of them.
“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,” Curry said. “We would deal with the consequences later but we were not going to play.”
Perhaps the NBA, which had long ignored Sterling’s racist tendencies, came down with the severe penalty for Sterling after considering the implications of having the NBA playoffs come to a halt.
Here’s the link to the story: http://www.mercurynews.com/marcus-thompson/ci_25664773/thompson-warriors-were-ready-walk-out-game-5