The Donald Sterling situation finally reached its end on Tuesday when the NBA banned the Los Angeles Clippers’ owner for life and fined him $2.5 million. However, there was another part of the story that almost derailed the NBA playoffs. The actual team was prepared to boycott their own playoff games if Commissioner Adam Silver didn’t ban Sterling for life and force him to sell the team.
It’s a development that may have had a lot to do with Silver’s decision. It was apparent that something strong had to happen to Sterling and a lifetime ban is the right thing to do but knowing that the players may have boycotted had to weigh on Silver’s mind. If he hadn’t decided on the lifetime ban before, he probably did after hearing about the boycott proposal.
Luckily, it didn’t come to that and the players were on the court Tuesday night. It would appear for now that the players association is happy with what is going on. Hopefully that will continue after the Clippers are sold.