SAN FRANCISCO -- Former Celtics coach Doc Rivers, currently in the middle of the Donald Sterling controversy as coach of the Clippers, said his players discussed boycotting Game 4 of their first-round playoff series at Golden State on Sunday during a 45-minute team meeting, but quickly decided against it.
"I think the biggest statement we can make as men, not as black men, as men, is to stick together and show how strong we are as a group," Rivers said. "Not splinter. Not walk. It's easy to protest. The protest will be in our play."
Former Lakers star Magic Johnson said he would "never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner" and said he felt bad that friends such as Rivers and Clippers point guard Chris Paul had to work for Sterling.
Paul released a statement through the players union that said "this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively." Paul and Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin declined further comment on the issue after the team's practice Saturday at the University of San Francisco.
Other players were not made available as Rivers said he would speak for the team.
"A lot of guys voiced their opinions. None of them were happy about it," Rivers said. "This was a situation where we're trying to go after something very important for us, something that we've all dreamed about all our childhoods. Donald or anyone else had nothing to do with that dream, and we're not going to let anything get in the way of those dreams."