Should Doc Rivers Tell The World That He’s Not Going To Coach The Clippers If Donald Sterling Doesn’t Sell The Team?
Every time we think that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling is going to disappear, he pops back up again. Earlier this summer, it sounded like he and his wife Shelly were going to sell the Clips to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and be done with the NBA. But since then, Sterling has changed his mind on several different occasions and, ultimately, decided that he wants to do whatever it takes to keep the Clips in his possession. He’s willing to sue the league, sue his wife, and pretty much sue whoever he can in order to hang onto the franchise. It’s gotten pretty out of control.
The thing is, though, even if Sterling does keep the Clippers and stay on as the owner of the team, there’s a good chance that his team will fall apart. Because both head coach Doc Rivers and a handful of Clippers players have reportedly said that they will not work for the Clippers if Sterling stays on as the owner. And at this point, that sounds like the right thing to do. In fact, we would like to see Rivers, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and other Clippers players speak out publicly about how they would not coach or play for the team if Sterling is still the owner next season. It would put Sterling in a position that would ultimately force him to sell—without the NBA stepping in and forcing him to do it, which would likely lead to more legal ramifications and delay the process.
Do Rivers, Paul, Griffin, and others have an obligation to speak up about how they feel about Sterling? Not at all. They’ve actually been bothered a little bit too much by the Sterling story, if you ask us. But if they don’t threaten to leave the Clippers next season if Sterling takes over, then this story is probably not going to end anytime soon. Sterling is going to continue to drag it out in court and he’s going to stay in the headlines. And right now, that’s the last thing that anyone wants.
So we hope that, at some point, Rivers, Paul, Griffin, or someone else speaks up and makes Sterling at least think about selling his team and moving on. Otherwise, it’s going to be a looooooong offseason and, possibly, a long 2014-15 NBA season.