Game 5 of the Warriors/Clippers series goes down tonight in LA. It will be the first game played back in LA since the Donald Sterling controversy started.
In Game 4, the Clippers held a “silent protest” and said they would do something again for Game 5 but they would not boycott the game.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson suggested that the fans, not the players, should boycott the game.
“I believe if it was me, I wouldn’t come to the game,” Jackson said. “I believe the fans, the loudest statement that they can make as fans is to not show up to the game. … To me, it will make the noise of it not being tolerated. That this is a different time. It’s unfortunate, and we cannot allow someone with these feelings to profit.”
Rivers disagreed with Jackson.
“I don’t share that. I hope it’s packed and people are cheering for us, the players. And they were cheering for the players before this happened. But if they feel differently, who can say they’re wrong? And I’m not the one that’s going to say that, I can tell you that.”
He also said he was unsure if he or any of the players will address the crowd.
“Again, we don’t know the right answer,” Rivers said. “We want to do right here. We want to make the best decisions here. If we feel that’s something will help our fans, then it will be done. If we feel it’s something they don’t need, we won’t do it. The tickets have already been sold. The fans, they’re in a dilemma as well. We want them to cheer for their players and their team. Because it’s still their players and their team, and it will be their players and their team. I think from what I get from the fans I’ve heard from, that’s how they feel, like, `This is my team, these are my players I’m cheering for, and that’s not going to change.’ I hope that continues.”