On Tuesday afternoon, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will hold a news conference addressing the controversial comments allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Several Washington Wizards offered their opinion on the situation before taking on the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. Here’s what some of them had to say:
Wizards center Marcin Gortat: “One thing I know, he lost a lot of millions. You know, he lose a lot of money saying that. But I just don’t know what he was thinking saying stuff like that. That just ridiculous. I mean, when he was buying a team, he didn’t see things around in the league? I don’t know. It’s weird. I can’t imagine, why would he stay stuff like that? I don’t think there’s a place for him in the league, being in the environment that we are.”
Wizards Coach Randy Wittman: “Listen, forget about the NBA. There’s no place for that in society. The NBA, Wall Street, your radio TV station; it doesn’t matter. It’s sickening that we’re dealing with something like this, that we’re having to talk about something like this. I’m not the decision-maker of this league, and I don’t want to play decision-maker but obviously something that sickens me, that we’re sitting here talking about something like this, there’s no place for it. That’s just my feeling.”
Wittman on if he could coach under an owner such as Sterling: “I think you’d have to check what your morals are and what your values are in life and, yeah I think those would all be things you’d have to weigh. I know [Los Angeles Clippers Coach] Doc [Rivers] very well. I feel sorry for him and his team that they’re having to go through something like this during a playoff run. I think Doc’s going to take time when the season’s over to deal with that in the right way.”
Wizards point guard John Wall: “Yeah, I’d play because I love the game of basketball. So I’d focus myself on playing basketball because that’s what I love to do.”
Wall on if he has a reaction to Sterling’s comments: “Nah. That’s not my decision. He made his comments; he made his statements. As basketball players, you’ve just got to go out and compete because you love the game. But that’s for the NBA and those guys to figure out.”
Wall on his reaction to the Clippers sign of protest before Sunday’s Game 4 against Golden State: “That’s their decision. They did that as a team. Those guys came together as a group, and that’s what they decided to do.”
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis also took to his blog to address the controversy but did not directly mention Sterling by name.