It has been a trying weekend for the Clippers players off the court and it hasn’t been much easier on the court thus far today. Here’s a look at the latest on owner Donald Sterling and the Clippers as they look to turn things around against the Warriors..
- Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters before today’s game, including Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com, that he has yet to talk to Sterling and has no desire to at this time. Rivers went on to say that he’s unsure of what he’d have to hear from the owner in order to work for him again next season. Meanwhile, in an act of silent protest today, the Clippers players turned their warm-up jerseys inside-out for today’s shootaround to conceal the team name on the front.
- The Clippers likely couldn’t afford Paul Pierce this summer anyway, but a reunion between Rivers and Pierce can be safely ruled out if Sterling is still involved in Los Angeles, tweets Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
- Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson met with commissioner Adam Silver today to discuss the Sterling situation, tweets Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Johnson has agreed to take on an expanded role with the union in order to help address the ongoing case (link).
- Johnson told reporters that the NBPA doesn’t want Sterling to attend any more playoff games this year and wants to know why sanctions haven’t been brought against him yet, tweets Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports. The mayor added that the union wants to know what the possible range of punishments could be and wants to be involved in the process (link).
- Former commissioner David Stern and the NBA validated Sterling by helping to steer Chris Paul to the Clippers in December 2011, writes Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins. There has been evidence of Sterling’s racism in past court documents and the league should have taken an appropriate stance before this most recent incident.