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grandsalami
04-29-2014, 10:54 PM
The plan was set, the product of a 30-minute players meeting.

The Warriors were going to go through pre-game warm-ups and take part in the national anthem and starting line-up introductions. They were going to take the floor for the jump ball, dapping up the Clippers players as is customary before games.

Then once the ball was in the air, they were just going to walk off. All 15 of them.

“It would have been our only chance to make a statement in front of the biggest audience that we weren’t going to accept anything but the maximum punishment,” Curry said. “We would deal with the consequences later but we were not going to play.”


The message was intentionally bold and controversial, point guard Stephen Curry said. And if they had their way, the Clippers would have joined them in exiting the court.

The wheels were in motion until NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s banishment of Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling appeased the players’ fury. And there were plans being hatched for all the games.

The Warriors’ players wanted to protest previously, but decided to give Silver a chance to do the right thing. But if Silver had announced the punishment for Sterling’s bigoted comments were an indefinite suspension and a measly fine, the Warriors were ready to make an historic statement.

Curry, David Lee, Jermaine O’Neal and Draymond Green were behind the boycott idea. The bold message the Warriors had plan was hatched at shootaround.

The idea included plans, if necessary, to reach out to the Clippers and share the plan. The hope would have been that the Clippers would join them, letting the jump ball drop to the hardwood while all the players walked off the court

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/thompson/2014/04/29/warriors-had-the-blueprint-for-a-dramatic-boycott-ready-to-go/

Duncan = Donkey
04-29-2014, 10:56 PM
that would of have funny to watch

j-bay
04-29-2014, 10:59 PM
John Wall or KD said they wouldn't play tonight if sterling didn't get max punishment.

Duncan = Donkey
04-29-2014, 11:00 PM
John Wall or KD said they wouldn't play tonight if sterling didn't get max punishment.

Before Silver handed down the punishment or after? because its easy to say that after he received the punishment.

grandsalami
04-29-2014, 11:09 PM
that would of have funny to watch

yup

Cal827
04-29-2014, 11:10 PM
Well, based on how he's played so far in the Series, that might actually do OKC a favor :D


I'm kidding, I wonder what the response would have been if they all just walked off.

Well in the OKC-Memphis series, we might see a playoff record for FGAs by Westbrook.

I can imagine a large suit by the fans that had went to game 5 and this happened.

cmellofan15
04-29-2014, 11:51 PM
Leave it to the Warriors to do something dramatic...

Avenged
04-29-2014, 11:57 PM
All of a sudden. It doesn't count. Talk is cheap. Would have loved to see it happen.

thomass
04-30-2014, 12:07 AM
those millionaires are so brave :laugh2:

bleedprple&gold
04-30-2014, 12:13 AM
I wonder what would happen if they did that. Would the Warriors forfeit if the Clippers didn't walk off too? Would they cancel the game and reschedule?

numba1CHANGsta
04-30-2014, 12:17 AM
There was absolutely no other choice but to give Sterling the max punishment or else all hell would break loose. Smart decision by Silver, but expect more drama this summer if Sterling is still owner of this team.

FlashBolt
04-30-2014, 01:04 AM
Sterling just ruined the playoffs these past days. Playoffs should be what creates players and no doubt, Sterling has left a sour taste in these playoffs. Ruining the competitive nature of it.

rapsoncha
04-30-2014, 01:37 AM
I wonder what the response would have been if they all just walked off.http://goo.gl/12qZA1

kobe4thewinbang
04-30-2014, 01:41 AM
I understand the guy is a racist jerk, but if they'd done this, I'd be rolling my eyes. Boycotts are pretentious and I'd be pissed that they weren't playing. It would also be disrespectful to the national anthem, since it is customarily observed before sporting events, i.e. no sporting event would have happened. So, yeah. I'm glad they didn't do that stunt.

Quinnsanity
04-30-2014, 01:44 AM
Wish this would've happened. Would've been such a cool stand.

P&GRealist
04-30-2014, 01:58 AM
Where was their blueprint to win game 5? :confused:

torocan
04-30-2014, 02:22 AM
It wasn't just GSW-Clippers. David Aldridge reported and Kevin Johnson stated that the plan was to shut down ALL the play off games tonight.

And Kevin Johnson said that the possibility of sitting out the entire play offs was on the table. In other words, no play offs. No championship. Lost season.

effen5
04-30-2014, 02:29 AM
It wasn't just GSW-Clippers. David Aldridge reported and Kevin Johnson stated that the plan was to shut down ALL the play off games tonight.

And Kevin Johnson said that the possibility of sitting out the entire play offs was on the table. In other words, no play offs. No championship. Lost season.

I heard this also, Bulls and Wiz were going to boycott tonight as well.

Greet
04-30-2014, 02:33 AM
Holy **** this was blown out of proportion.

I find this kind of pathetic to be honest. (Walking off court etc)

ewing
04-30-2014, 08:03 AM
All of a sudden. It doesn't count. Talk is cheap. Would have loved to see it happen.

i preferred watching the game

grandsalami
04-30-2014, 10:07 AM
It wasn't just GSW-Clippers. David Aldridge reported and Kevin Johnson stated that the plan was to shut down ALL the play off games tonight.

And Kevin Johnson said that the possibility of sitting out the entire play offs was on the table. In other words, no play offs. No championship. Lost season.

Wow, that would have forced NBA's hand

goingfor28
04-30-2014, 10:12 AM
Holy **** this was blown out of proportion.

I find this kind of pathetic to be honest. (Walking off court etc)

DTS being kicked out of the nba was loooong overdue. Props to silver for doing something stern never would

RaiderLakersA's
04-30-2014, 11:22 AM
Thankfully, Comissioner Silver acted to the fullest extent possible. That said, I'll entertain the hypothetical and say that if all of the players had decided not to play until the Sterling issue was properly addressed, I would have applauded and supported them.

It's clear to me that now more than ever the players have finally realized their ability to affect positive change. As long as they use their powers to protest judiciously and commensurate to the offense, I have no qualms with it.

One league. One voice.

Spanklin
04-30-2014, 05:36 PM
Steph Curry has a history of being a fake tough guy. They weren't going to do this and every True Warriors fan knows as much. Curry's just trying to take advantage of the situation for personal gain. He's like them race baiters Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

sjbirds
04-30-2014, 05:42 PM
Cool walk off quit the nba and get a blue collar job. How bout you walk off about ljs comment. This **** is a joke. He use to walk his gfs in while players showered and say **** but this is the straw?

SiteWolf
04-30-2014, 06:45 PM
had the players done it....I'd have been done with the NBA, period
not because I'm any kind of on Sterling's side, but because there would not only be no productive purpose in the players walking out, but who would they have been punishing? it would have been a selfish ill-advised act

Trwood12
04-30-2014, 08:27 PM
That would have been soo bad ***..

beasted86
05-01-2014, 12:53 PM
This would have been awesome to watch the players unite so strongly for a cause.

Some people seem to understand the depth of this issue and some simply don't. The ones who don't are probably racist and can't come to grips with that reality.

Patriot Pride
05-01-2014, 12:56 PM
Credit Silver for not letting this happen.