If all the nails hadn’t been cobbled into the coffin until now, well, consider them in there. Appearing on Jim Rome’s Showtime program this evening, NBA Player’s Union VP Roger Mason Jr. said that many star players would boycott the league next season if Donald Sterling wasn’t removed as an owner by then. And in case you don’t follow the NBA too closely, the league would probably make Ryan Seacrest commissioner if LeBron threatened to quit over the issue.
Larger excerpt, via CBSSports:
“If it’s not handled by… the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” Mason said. “I was just in the locker room with LeBron… At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members… Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing’.”
Rome followed up: “So your guy LeBron, you think he would not play if Sterling were still in there when the [next] season started?”
“I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it,” Mason said. “He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.”
The notion of players boycotting if Sterling (or his wife, Shelly) isn’t quickly kicked out isn’t really anything new. But this is the first we’ve heard definitively of LeBron leading such a revolt.
Not going to happen, folks. But fun to imagine if it did. “I’m announcing that I’m taking my talents to … Greece.”
So, if LeBron boycotts the NBA next season, that doesn't necessarily mean he's going to stop playing basketball. International bidding war?
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) May 14, 2014