It's been almost three days since the story broke, and I'd be shocked if everyone here hasn't been talking/thinking about it for the past couple of days. It's been all over social media and has unfortunately dominated what has been a VERY entertaining opening round of the NBA playoffs.
So, put yourself in the following scenarios:
* the team you root for is in the playoffs and the owner of the team made the comments. Would you support a player walkout?
* you are a player on the team. Would you personally boycott (as Chauncey Billips said he'd do on SVP and Russillo) or lobby for an overall team boycott, knowing that doing so might mean you ultimately won't advance in the playoffs?
As a Trailblazer fan, had it been Portland's Paul Allen making the remarks, I would have absolutely been okay if the team had chosen not to play. Matter of fact, I would have been proud as heck if Aldridge and Lillard led the team in making an emphatic statement against racism. As I watched the Clippers deposit their warmup jackets at center court and display their shirts inside-out I was thinking, "That's it? That's the statement?"
If I was a player, I would opt for a minimum one game boycott. I get that we (the players) are playing for each other, and we're playing for a championship, but sometimes you gotta make a stand for what's right. What bigger statement can be made than refusing to play for this guy until something is done?