LeBron James on NBA’s efforts to oust Donald Sterling: ‘Good enough for now’
Since the onset of the Donald Sterling controversy, LeBron James has been one of the most vocal players about the need for the NBA to rid itself of the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Following the announcement by NBA commissioner Adam Silver that the league had banned Sterling for life and it was its intent to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, James went on record to express his opinion that work was still required to eradicate Sterling’s cancerous presence in the league, saying, “The job is still not done,” clearly indicating that if the league was unsuccessful in its bid to pry the Clippers out of Sterling’s control, banning him fell well short of what was needed.
Comments made earlier this week by NBA players union vice president Roger Mason Jr. where he indicated that James intended to boycott the NBA and sit out next season if Sterling still owned the Clippers made it seem that James was willing to put his money — and career — where his mouth is regarding Sterling.
It turns out, though, that Mason Jr. at the very least overstated LeBron’s thoughts and plans, taking to Twitter on Wednesday to state, “My bad if I was not clear,” Mason’s wrote, via ESPN.com. “LBJ never said anything about boycotting. He’s a friend, and I would never want to imply something he didn’t say.”
And yet, James still appears to be closely watching the entire Sterling situation unfold, even if the boycott comments were not accurate.
On Wednesday, James appeared to express lukewarm approval of how the NBA has been handling the Sterling controversy thus far, saying it is “good enough for now.”
“At the end of the day, we see what Adam Silver is doing, and he’s moving forward,” James said before the Heat eliminated the Nets. “And if he continues, which we believe Adam Silver will do on the situation, then us players have nothing to worry about.”
So, LeBron is planning no boycott or anything rash like that … at least for now. Gotcha.
Still, James appears to be hedging his bets just a bit and taking a “wait and see” approach. Silver, even though arguably he should not feel any pressure to do so, probably will take LeBron’s thoughts — and any other superstar player who speaks up — very, very seriously and keep them in mind as he navigates what surely will be a contentious and possibly drawn-out process of ridding the NBA of one Donald Sterling.