MIAMI - LeBron James said before Wednesday night's game against the Nets that there currently are no plans for NBA players to boycott next season if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the Clippers.
But James made it clear players are monitoring the situation closely. "At the end of the day, as players we see what [commissioner] Adam Silver is doing and he's moving forward and if he continues, which we believe Adam Silver will do, to move aggressively on the situation, as players we have nothing to worry about," James said.
The Heat star was asked several questions about Sterling about an hour before Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the wake of comments from Roger Mason Jr., the vice president of the players' union, on "Jim Rome on Showtime."
Mason said he had spoken to James and that James had told him he would not play next season if Sterling remains the owner. Mason later tweeted Wednesday, "My bad if I was not clear. LBJ never said anything about boycotting."
James said he was dismayed by the fact that during an exciting postseason for the NBA the Sterling story keeps coming up, twice using a mild expletive.
He said he did not watch Sterling's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "I heard about it, but I didn't see it," he said. "I didn't care to watch it."
Why continue to speak publicly about the matter? "It's my personal responsibility," he said. "No one told me to speak on it. It's who I am. It's what I believe in. It's my morals. I believe this issue is too big not to say something, not to stand up for us. Like I said before and I will continue to say: His words and what he believes in, there's never going to be a place for it in our sport, or any sport."