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Warriors were reportedly ready to stage dramatic boycott of Game 5 against Clippers

Apr 29, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

The decision handed down from Adam Silver in regards to the comments made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling was perfect in terms of both its swiftness and its severity.

But in case the league had taken a lighter, more cautious approach, the Golden State Warriors were reportedly ready to act — boldly, and decisively.

From Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group:

The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions. They were going to take the floor for the jump ball, dapping up the Clippers players as is customary before games.

Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them.

“It would have been our only chance to make a statement in front of the biggest audience that we weren’t going to accept anything but the maximum punishment,” Curry said. “We would deal with the consequences later but we were not going to play.”

To put it simply, this would have been crazy.

Yes, it would have been an extremely powerful statement. But it would ultimately be one that only hurt the players themselves.

Legacies are made in the postseason, and nothing is guaranteed in terms of players’ chances to return to the playoffs in the future. Throwing one of those chances away to protest an owner’s insensitive remarks is short-sighted, and while today it may have made an impact, guys like Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin may have looked back on this decision several years from now, and realized the opportunity that was missed.

  1. jzone954 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    I think the Commish found that out and thus helped in his immediate decision.

  2. balfe13 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    It’s pretty easy to say all of this now. There’s no way they would’ve actually done that. It would’ve been a slap in the face of every fan that paid for a ticket and came to the game, and everyone else involved.
    This isn’t like boycotting the bus systems in the 1960s, which affected the racist people running those systems. These potential boycotts would affect no one but the players themselves and the fans that have been loyal to THEM and not Sterling. No one pays to see Sterling. They pay to see these players. A boycott would have accomplished nothing. What, it would’ve gained more media attention? Have you missed the amount of attention this situation has been given recently? Come on.
    Luckily Silver handled it and made this all irrelevant.

  3. breesus09 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I find it pretty amusing that all these players are saying they were all planning to boycott their games now that they don’t actually have to follow thru with it. I might actually believe this if they would of said it before Silver made his decision. All these guys had their chance to take a stand but chose not to but now want it to look like they took some monumental stand.

    • Very Real News - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:43 PM


  4. bballhistorian - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    I disagree with the Author’s sentiments.

    Life is bigger than basketball. That would’ve been a great statement to make.

  5. BrownsTown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Uh huh…sure.

  6. BrownsTown - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:06 PM


    • ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      wow that brings back memories. people were spamming that everywhere even though it literally did nothing lmao

  7. hurricanegrabowski - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Standing up for what you believe in isn’t short-sighted. There are different types of legacies, and while winning is one of them, doing the right thing even if it hurts yourself is another one. I think the author is the short-sighted one, we live in a society where it’s really hard to make a lasting statement, and they were prepared to make one.

  8. 1harrypairatesties - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Great idea. I would’ve loved to see that.

  9. ningenito78 - Apr 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Bull. Sh-t. Monday morning quarterbacking at its finest. It would have made literally no sense for the freaking Warriors to walk off the court when the team that was actually affected by this was still willing to play. This whole thing is starting to turn into a bunch of people trying to one up each other to show who’s most against racism. Easy fellas. The real message is going to end up getting lost in this. Just let the NBA and the justice system take its course now.

  10. rdrfan - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    No news at all if sterling was blk

    • kavika6 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:43 AM


  11. ningenito78 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    @hurricangabrowski all due respect but how is it hard to make a lasting statement these days? Everything is immortalized on the internet or TMZ or whatever. People have more avenues and access to making statements then ever before. I agree with making a STATEMENT. But making a spectacle is totally different then making a statement. Spectacles end up burying the statement under the weight of overly loaded actions. There’s plenty of ways for these guys to make statements about their feeling on Donald Sterling. Staging a walk off in an NBA playoff game would be more self serving than making any kind of lasting statement.

  12. eagles512 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Come on-overly dramatic. Let the league handle it. Just play.

  13. sw19womble - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    If Curry meant walking off court for one play, then that would make sense.

    Give the Clippers an uncontested lay-up…or even better, BOTH teams walking off court and letting the ball bounce to a standstill and the 25 second shot-clock run off.

    Then get on with the game.

    I think that would have been the perfect statement, with minimal ‘damage’ to the game 5 itself. However, as others have said, the commissioner actually brought the hammer down so this is all just theoretical now.

    That said, we’ll see what Sterling does next….

    • philadelphiafan - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:23 AM


  14. jolink653 - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    So they would have forfeited a pivotal Game 5 to make some kind of statement against a team that was against the owner to begin with? Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. And it’s really easy to say something like that when you don’t actually have to do it; I bet they would have kept their players on the court and played the full game of push came to shove

  15. logicalcomment - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    i believe they would have.

    if this isn’t worth fighting for, then ,what is?

    this is a game after all , i would sacrifice a chance at my dream if i could directly help against racism, in a second.

  16. ningenito78 - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    How is not playing in a game you are being paid handsomely for ‘fighting for what you believe’? That’s not fighting for what you believe. That’s making a spectacle of the issue. It serves no purpose but to hurt the players and fans. The people that are being hurt the most by this situation have to somehow now sacrifice more for the sake of what? Proving a point to Donald Sterling? Do you think a man that thinks the way he does even gives a crap what a bunch of fans and players think? Taking money from him? When he sells the team he’s going to ‘suffer’ by putting close to a billion dollars in his bank account. That’s going to teach him a lesson? Come on people. Let’s be realistic. The best way to get rid of this guy is to go about life like he doesn’t exist. Do as you were and continue to just let him dig his own grave. That’s the only way to affect a guy like Donald Sterling.

    • steelcitywhitty - Apr 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      the enigma of being kicked out of the NBA elitist boys club hurts his ego more than anything else you could come up with – except maybe Magic dating Shelly

  17. nicofthenorthstar - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:34 AM

    Totally buying it. Totally.

  18. abchome - Apr 30, 2014 at 1:51 AM

    What’s the point of saying this after the league already announced it’s decision?

  19. kavika6 - Apr 30, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Warriors knew they were going to lose the game anyway.

  20. phillyguyindc - Apr 30, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    This is like when you see two guys arguing and in each others face, waiting for people to get in between and then acting like tough guys wanting to fight after it gets broken up.

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