Although the NBA has banned L.A. Clippers own Donald Sterling from any league-related activities, the owners have to vote to remove him as owner… with third quarters agreeing. In they don’t, the league could be in trouble.
NBA Players Association VP Roger Mason Jr. tells Jim Rome that if Sterling isn’t removed as Clippers owner, LeBron James will boycott the 2014-15 season.
“I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it,” Mason said. “He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.”
Although James, himself, hasn’t made that statement, he said, before Miami’s Game 4 against Brooklyn, that he doesn’t feel anyone in the Sterling family should remain in control … not even his wife Shelly, who wants to retain her 50% stake in the L.A. team.
“As players, we want what’s right and we don’t feel like no one in his family should be able to own the team,” he said.
The league wants him out. At least, that’s what NBA commissioner Adam Silver has publicly stated.
According to Mason, James won’t be the only one sitting out if Sterling maintains control.
“If it’s not handled by … the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball,” Mason said. “At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members… Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing, ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing’.”