“Disappointing, very disappointing,” Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki said. “I’m not sure if a guy like that is allowed to own a team in 2014.”
The Mavs and Spurs are both considering ways to indicate their displeasure with the Sterling situation and to show solidarity with other players around the league. The Clippers wore black socks and arm bands in their Game 4 loss to the Golden State Warriors, and players in the Houston Rockets-Portland Trail Blazers series followed suit with black socks in their Sunday night game.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have black socks right now,” Mavs forward Shawn Marion said. “We don’t wear them. We haven’t ever worn them since I’ve been here. We want to do something. We’re going to figure out something to do if we can’t get some socks.”
The Spurs wear black socks for every road game, but they could come up with another anti-Sterling gesture.
“I don't know to what degree something like that is going to be orchestrated or done, but you can believe that all of us feel what everybody else is feeling,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “The degree to which you show that is a good question. But we all feel the same way. It's not just inappropriate, it's disgusting. It's something that has to be handled. We have full faith that the NBA will react appropriately.”
The NBA will hold a press conference to make an announcement on its Sterling investigation Tuesday.