The upcoming NBA season may start without Chris Paul, who could be busy holding a boycott. Speaking to ESPN.com on Thursday after he coached his AAU team, CP3, Paul put further pressure on resolving the Donald Sterling trial. As reported by ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman:
This declaration comes less than 48 hours after Dick Parsons testified Doc Rivers’ desire to leave the Los Angeles Clippers if Sterling isn’t relieved of his ownership.
“That’s something me and Doc are both talking about,” Paul said on Thursday after coaching his AAU program, CP3. “Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon — sooner rather than later.”
“We’re all going to talk about it,” Paul said. “We’re all definitely going to talk about it. Doc, Blake [Griffin], DJ [DeAndre Jordan]. It’s unacceptable.”
At issue is whether Shelly Sterling acted appropriately in selling the Clippers to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion without Donald Sterling’s approval. The witness portion of the Sterling trial concluded this week. Closing statements will be delivered in court on Monday, with Judge Michael Levanas’ ruling to follow.
Shelly Sterling, Adam Silver, the NBA and pretty much anyone not on Donald Sterling’s payroll (and maybe some of them, too) hope Judge Levanas rules in favor of the sale. Per ESPN.com’s Romana Shelburne, Shelly Sterling’s lawyer requested yesterday that the ruling be appeal-proof to prevent Donald Sterling from dragging his other lawsuits through the mud.
“We think we have overwhelming evidence from [interim Clippers CEO] Dick Parsons and Anwar Zakkour from Bank of America, that if you don’t let this sale go through and meet the deadline for the sale, an incredibly valuable asset will fall like a rock,” O’Donnell said. “If Donald Sterling stays on as the manager and owner of this asset, Doc [Rivers] won’t coach, Chris Paul won’t play, sponsors will stay away and TV ratings will fall. It is an urgent matter that this sale be closed immediately to Mr. Ballmer and restore some stability and, frankly, dignity to the NBA in Los Angeles.”
Paul’s boycott talk drew a range of reactions. Bold as his talk is, some feel Paul will think twice about giving up his paychecks when the time comes to act.
Doc Rivers & Chris Paul’s boycott stance reminds me of when people post that they are thinking about quitting Facebook.
— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsRadio) July 25, 2014
Others think he’d be foolish to go through with it.
If I were Chris Paul I wouldn’t let Donald Sterling stop his chance of chasing a ring. I don’t agree with his decision of sitting out — GunnaRich (@YRH_Truth34) July 25, 2014
Ballmer may not extend the sale deadline a second time after it was already pushed back from July 15 to August 15. If the dominoes fall his and Shelly Sterling’s way on Monday he may not have to.
I believe Ballmer can walk from the deal if not done by 8/15. Seems unlikely, but he might exercise the opt-out to negotiate a lower price.
— Dexter Fishmore (@dexterfishmore) July 23, 2014
Let’s all pray we won’t be living in a world without Chris Paul playing basketball for the Clippers come October.