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The Warriors Had Quite A Protest Planned Had The NBA Press Conference Not Gone Their Way
— Jim ICE (@Jim_ICE) April 30, 2014
Indeed. Seems that Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban announcement deprived the masses of one of the biggest pieces of NBA theater we ever would have seen.
Prior to tonight’s playoff game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, the Warriors held a 30-minute team meeting, where they decided to do this:
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.
“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.”
Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News reports that “The Warriors’ players wanted to protest previously, but decided to give Silver a chance to do the right thing. But if Silver had announced the punishment for Sterling’s bigoted comments were an indefinite suspension and a measly fine, the Warriors were ready to make an historic statement.”
Zounds. Having coached basketball myself, however, I’m used to the jump ball going up and my players just walking off. But only five at a time, not the entire team. But what would the Clippers’ reaction have been? Wouldn’t this have been embarrassing for them? What would the refs have called? I would have loved to see it. What a glorious mess it would have been.
Anyway, the Clippers lead the Warriors 55-50 at halftime.
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