Today will change the Los Angeles Clippers franchise forever — for the good or bad.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is slated to have a press conference at 2 p.m. ET, and it’s believed that he’ll in some way or form begin to drop the hammer (via punishment) on Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
However, if Silver’s “punishment” isn’t as severe as most expect it to be, it’s still going to have an affect of the Clippers in a huge way. Starting with Doc Rivers.
Sterling’s inclination will be to keep the team, keep the NBA mired in courts and the Clippers franchise will never survive it. Rivers will never return as president and coach under Sterling, sources told Yahoo Sports, and that’ll start the beginning of a player mutiny that could result with several top Clippers also demanding out of the franchise.
And that’s probably just the beginning. Will the Players look to be removed from the team as well? Will they hold-out until they are no longer associated with a racist owner?
It’s easy for Rivers to get up and leave the Clippers, it’s not that big of a problem. Though, the players (those under contract) could find it a bit harder to dismiss themselves from this situation, if it isn’t resolved shortly. There’s no ideal resolution in this situation. All the NBA can hope to do is end it as soon as possible.
Though, I’m not sure that’s even an option at this point.