NBA commissioner Adam Silver was instantly applauded by fans of the league when he handed down a lifetime ban and $2.5 million fine to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, and it looks like things could have gone south quickly if Silver did not ban Sterling from the league.
According to NBAPA vice president Roger Mason Jr., players around the league were ready to boycott tonight’s playoff games if Sterling was not adequately punished.
The boycott would have kept players from all of tonight’s games including the Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls, Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder, and of course the Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers.
“I heard from our players and all of our players felt like boycotting the games tonight,” Mason said, per ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “We’re talking about all NBA players. We’re talking about the playoff games tonight.”
I think it is safe to say that the NBA and Adam Silver had caught wind of the player’s plans and that may have influenced them to act swiftly and efficiently in their investigation.