BOSTON — The divisive, racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling have actually help unite players across the NBA landscape.
"It's always a good thing when you have all the players on the same page, in situations like this," Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger told CSNNE.com.
Over the weekend, audio of Sterling with his then-girlfriend was obtained by TMZ that soon went viral.
It included Sterling telling her that he didn't want her to associate with African-Americans publicly, or be seen with them via social media.
On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver handed down a lifetime ban against Sterling in addition to a $2.5 million fine - the maximum he was allowed to institute under league rules.
Throughout the process, players from all walks of the NBA landscape, from established stars like LeBron James to role players like Celtics guard Jerryd Bayless, voiced their opinions on the matter through various channels.
And their message was consistent on all fronts, a positive sign for a group that has had their share of issues in recent years.
They are currently in the process of finding a new president of the NBAPA to replace Billy Hunter who was fired amid concerns about what the group's board felt were questionable business practices.
The way the players pulled together provides hope that the future of this group will be brighter.
The Clippers players wore their warm-up jerseys inside-out as a sign of protest against their owner.
And that was just the beginning of various demonstrations throughout the league by players making their voices and thoughts heard on the matter.
"It's a good thing to see, not one team do it, not two teams do it, but pretty much every team that's in the playoffs has done something to replicate what the Clippers have done," Sullinger said. "Whether it's Miami doing the inside-out with their jerseys, just to let the Clippers know they're not by themselves; as far as wearing black wrist bands, the Dallas Mavericks wearing black socks or the Portland Trail Blazers wearing black socks. It was good to see."