Distancing himself from statements made by NBA Players Association Vice President Roger Mason Jr., Miami Heat forward LeBron James says he has no plans on boycotting the 2014-2015 NBA season if Donald Sterling remains owner of the Los Angeles Clippers — yet.
“We see what Adam Silver is doing, and he’s moving forward,” James said. “If he continues, which we believe Adam Silver will do, continue to move aggressively on the situation, then we have nothing to worry about.
“There is a more in-depth, longer conversation that needs to be discussed,” he said. “I can’t just sit here and answer for all 15 guys (on the Heat), ‘Hey we’re going to sit out the season and you guys are going to be okay with it.’
“There’s a longer conversation that needs to be held which I don’t have all the information for, obviously. But we’ll see. We’ll see what happens in the near future. And like I said, I believe in Adam Silver and I believe in our league and the direction they’re going I don’t need to worry about anything else and boycotting and things of that nature.”
Speaking to Jim Romeon his “Showtime” show on Wednesday, Mason said that James would definitely be boycotting the league if Sterling remained a coach:
“If it’s not handled by … the start of next season, I don’t see how we’re playing basketball…I was just in the locker room three, four days ago. LeBron and I talked about it, he ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.
“At the end of the day, you know we have leaders, we have player reps, we’ve got executive committee members. … Leaders of the teams, they’re all saying the same thing: ‘If this man is still in place, we ain’t playing.’ ”
Mason walked back his statements on Twitter on Thursday:
Jim Rome is a good guy and I may not have been clear when I responded to his question, so let me clear it up.