Members of the Dallas Mavericks were asked for their reaction to the alleged racist comments of Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Outside of the shock and disappointment of hearing what he had say many of the Mavericks expressed sympathy for their fellow NBA players on the Clippers.
“It’s just a tough situation for the players and everybody over there,” guard Shane Larkin said. “You’re trying to focus on making a deep playoff run and now you’ve got this tough situation that’s going on and the players got to worry about it. It’s just a really tough situation knowing that you’re out there playing for his team, basically, and he feels that type of way about a lot of the people who are just like you.”
There was talk about whether the Clippers players should not take the floor for the playoff game against the Golden State Warriors. Forward Brandan Wright said he understands that sentiment and says the whole situation conjures up mixed feelings putting on a Clippers uniform.
“There’s probably some mixed feelings going on around there,” Wright said. “It’s probably tough on some people. It’s tough because he’s technically the head of the snake. He’s the representation of the whole organization, so when something is said like that it makes you question if you want to be there, if you want to be a part of something like that. But I think the guys just come together and just play for each other.”