Friday, July 25, 2014

Chris Paul & Doc Rivers May Sit The Season Out If Donald Sterling Doesn't Sell The Clippers. Yeah, Right?

Funny how the whole Donald Sterling fiasco disappeared from the news after the Clippers got eliminated from the playoffs. Since then, the case has done to court, and as anyone who's actually been to court knows, legal proceedings are boring. Sure, Sterling's said some crazy sh*t on the stand a few times, but just as I expected, this thing is dragging out and shows no signs of resolution. It's entirely possible that when NBA camps open in October, Sterling will still technically be the owner of the team, which puts some of its players (and coach) in a very precarious situation.
Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul told it's "unacceptable" if Donald Sterling is still the owner of the team when the season begins.

Paul also said he has spoken to coach Doc Rivers about the possibility of sitting out if Sterling remains in control when the seasons begins in a little more than two months.

"That's something me and Doc are both talking about," Paul said on Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. "Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon -- sooner rather than later."

Interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons testified earlier in the week in state court that Rivers told him on multiple occasions that he doesn't think he wants to continue coaching the team if Sterling remains in control of the franchise.

"We're all going to talk about it," Paul added. "We're all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake (Griffin), DJ (DeAndre Jordan). It's unacceptable."
Part of me feels like Paul (and Rivers for that matter) put himself in a trick bag here. Sure, the audio of Sterling talking to his sidepiece (whatever happened to her, BTW?) was appalling, but so was this Sterling's longstanding history of housing discrimination. That's been on record for quite some time now, long before Paul resigned with the team after being traded there. Rivers, who once played for the team at the height of Sterling's legal battles, was traded there (yes, coaches get traded too) last summer. He wanted to go there.

For both of these guys to suddenly act all appalled comes across as a little odd. It's not like Sterling hasn't been a racist asshole for years. His racist assholery just surfaced in a very socially unacceptable manner this time. So yeah, whatever.

I suspect in the end, both will relent and say that they're going to "let the NBA handle this" while they just "focus on basketball". But what say ye?

Question: If Sterling still owns this team in the Fall, what will the Clippers players and coaches do? Will other NBA players (ie: Lebron James) who spoke out against Sterling's comments take a stand?

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