In Game 4 of their series against the Warriors yesterday, the Clippers players dumped their warm-up jackets at midcourt, turned their warm-up shirt inside-out and wore black socks and armbands in an apparent protest of Donald Sterling.
Game 5 is tomorrow, and more protests could be coming.
The Clippers players are contemplating making a bigger statement during Game 5 of the series against the Warriors on Tuesday in Los Angeles, a source told Yahoo Sports. The source said the players needed more time to decide what they wanted to do and would prefer a stronger statement on their home floor at Staples Center.
A lot of people called for the Clippers to wear not just logo-less warm-up shirts, but logo-less jerseys during the game. I questioned the feasibility of doing that on the road and on such short notice. But with time to prepare, maybe that’s in store tomorrow.
It sounds as if Doc Rivers wouldn’t love that, given his comments yesterday.
I believe Rivers’ players respect his viewpoint, but these aren’t ordinary times.
Rivers has already expressed his concern the players were distracted by all this, and if they’re plotting a Game 5 protest, those concerns won’t end. But some things are worth being distracted by.