OAKLAND — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the Warriors-Clippers game on Sunday. And so did former point guard Kevin Johnson, better known now as the mayor of Sacramento — and more recently as a consultant to the NBA Players' Association.
At halftime of Game 4, Johnson addressed the media and laid out the union's demands for dealing with Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose alleged audiotaped denigrations of black people moves to the top of the list of his many embarrassing moments. Johnson laid out five recommendations:
That Sterling not attend any more NBA playoff games this year. (He was not at Oracle Arena on Sunday.)
That Silver explain why the NBA did not sanction Sterling after prior accusations of racism.
That Silver outline the range of sanctions that might be meted out against Sterling if the tape proves to be authentic.
That the commissioner promise to include the players' association as “full partners” in the investigation.
That Silver carries out the process swiftly and decisively.
In the locker rooms, players on both teams still sounded aggrieved Sunday.
“It kind of goes back to the old saying: You're good enough to pick the cotton, but you're not good enough to eat at the dinner table,” Golden State's Jermaine O'Neal said. “So you're good enough to build a business, but not good enough to be around the people that's close to you.”
MORE THAN ONE CENTER
The broken rib suffered by center Andrew Bogut has forced the Warriors to make adjustments inside, and coach Mark Jackson continued to tinker Sunday. That included some playing time for little-used Hilton Armstrong, who scored four quick points.
“He comes up to me before we leave the court and said, 'Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for trusting me,' ” Jackson recounted. “It goes a long way, man.”
The Warriors' 15-point lead at the end of the first quarter was their largest at that stage of a playoff game since May 12, 1976, when they went up 40-24 over the Phoenix Suns.
Golden State dished out 32 assists, led by Stephen Curry's 15. It was their most in a postseason game since May 4, 1994.
The Warriors outscored the Clippers 27-8 in fast-break points, the most allowed by Los Angeles all season.
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