While the NBA prepares to address the racist remarks allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, other NBA teams are wasting no time in showing support for their Los Angeles brethren.
After Clippers players took the court before Sunday’s Game 4 at Golden State with their warmups turned inside out in a show of unity and protest, the Blazers and Rockets reportedly later followed suit with their own protest before their game that night. And on Monday the Miami Heat joined the movement in Charlotte before their game against the Bobcats, turning their warmup clothes inside out.
According to sideline reporter Rachel Nichols, while the Heat don’t have a problem with team owner Micky Arison, they told Nichols it was an effort to support the Clippers’ protest. Before the game, Heat coach Eric Spoelstra had alluded to the fact Miami would be doing something in support of what the Clippers had done, but LeBron James & Co. waited until they got onto the hardwood to show what the support would be.
The Clippers, who lost Game 4, return to action on Tuesday night, playing in Staples Center in their first home game since the comments came to light over the weekend. On Monday, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers spoke to the media and said he believes the voice on the recordings is indeed that of Sterling, and also acknowleged:
"After the game (Sunday), I was thinking, ‘Wow, we’ve got 48 more hours,’ but I’m not sure now. I don’t know if it’s gotten worse because there’s more thought. I just don’t know."