Despite the pleasure that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver brought to the NBA, its players and their fans this afternoon with his press conference as he unveiled Donald Sterling’s punishment, it’s amazing how close we were to a NBA Playoff boycott.
NBA players union vice president Roger Mason Jr. said at the union’s press conference, which took place shortly after Silver’s announcement, that had Silver’s punishment been inadequate the players would have boycotted the three playoff games that are scheduled for tonight.
[Transcription courtesy of Pro Basketball Talk]
“Additionally I reached out to other players around the league and made it clear that the players were ready to boycott the games if this kind of action was not something Adam Silver felt was necessary,” Mason Jr. said. “I’m happy to come here today and say that as players we are very happy with the decision.”
“We want immediate action, we want a timetable form the owners as to when this vote is going to happen,” Mason Jr. said. “But we feel confident that with Adam Silver’s urging, and obviously we’ve heard from a lot of owners around the league, we think this is something that can be handled quickly.”
The Clippers players talked about making a bigger statement before Game 5. I guess that would’ve been it. However, it appears that the NBA (and its fans) have side-stepped a major issue.