Count LeBron out next season if Sterling remains an owner

Count LeBron out next season if Sterling remains an owner
May 14, 2014, 10:00 am
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If Donald Sterling is still the Clippers owner by the start of next season LeBron James will lead a group of players that won’t play next season, according to Roger Mason Jr., vice president of the NBA Players Association. 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has made it clear that he plans to do everything in his power to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.

The players may force the other NBA owners and Silver into action if Sterling isn’t removed. 

"If it's not handled by ... the start of next season, I don't see how we're playing basketball," Mason told Jim Rome on Showtime. "I was just in the locker room with LeBron ... At the end of the day, you know we have leaders. We have player reps, we've got executive committee members ... Leaders of the teams, they're all saying the same thing, 'If this man is still in place, we ain't playing.'"

Rome went on to ask: "So your guy LeBron, you think he would not play if Sterling were still in there when the [next] season started?"

"I was just in the locker room three or four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it," Mason added. "He ain't playing if Sterling is still an owner."

When asked about how players would react if Sterling's wife is kept on as an owner, Mason said: "There's no place for that family in the NBA."

Both Donald and Shelly Sterling have said that they have no intention to sell the Clippers and plan to do everything in their legal rights to retain ownership. 

Sterling [Donald] has already been banned for life from the NBA by Silver. If this matter isn’t settled by next season, Silver could have an even bigger issue on his hands.