The NBPA is looking into the "maximum sanctions" NBA Commissioner Adam Silver
can have available against Clippers Owner Donald Sterling
for racist comments he allegedly made. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson
, who is advising the union on the matter, said, "We believe that this is a defining moment for the league, a defining moment for the commissioner, a defining moment for all the players" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/28
). The NBPA is "hoping Silver rules" before tomorrow's Warriors-Clippers Game 5 in L.A. That means "plenty of eyeballs will remain on the commissioner's office" today, "waiting to see if any word is coming." This represents the "first real crisis"
of Silver's tenure (AP, 4/28