Former Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Jamal Crawford believes if the team boycotted Game 4 of the 2014 playoffs against the Golden State Warriors after the Donald Sterling racist audio tapes were released, it would have “outlived” them.
The Clippers were very close to not playing that game versus the Warriors. Crawford says that night would have been talked about forever since that type of boycott has never happened in the NBA.
“If we didn’t play, I think that honestly it would have outlived us,” Crawford said, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “They would be talking about that while we’re not here anymore. It’s never happened. At that magnitude, at that level.
“If we didn’t play the first game, I don’t think we would’ve played any games, to be honest with you. I think that just would’ve been that, until something happened.”
The Clippers and Warriors played Game 4. The Warriors won the game, though the Clippers eventually took the series.
Commissioner Adam Silver banned Donald Sterling for life from the NBA and forced him to sell the Clippers. LA was bought by Steve Ballmer, the former chief executive officer of Microsoft.
The Clippers are a well-run franchise again with Ballmer in charge, and the recent signing of Kawhi Leonard and trade for Paul George this summer are proof of that.