Apr 27, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (3, right) and forward Blake Griffin (32, left) warm up before game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NBA Players Were Prepared to Boycott Tonight's Games

Here’s an interesting plot twist.

Had the NBA not come down hard enough on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, at least hard enough to where the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) was satisfied, players around the NBA would’ve planned a collective protest, forgoing tonight’s events.

Actions speak louder than words. There’s no way to disprove this notion that they would’ve sat out, but it’s much easier to state this after the press conference in which Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA by Adam Silver and company. According to Roger Mason, an intricate member of the NBPA, the Clippers and Warriors players weren’t the only ones willing to protest tonight’s games, but players apart of the Bulls-Wizards, Grizzlies-Thunder series also. That alone speaks volumes to how important the NBA from a player perspective felt about Sterling’s comments.

But a protest wasn’t needed. Adam Silver did all that was in his power to remove Donald Sterling from the NBA.  This isn’t the end, but it’s the beginning of the removal of the biggest black eye the NBA has seen since Tim Donaghy. He’s gone. Not removed, but gone.

And the NBPA is satisfied with the results.

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