Wall denies report of his potential Game 5 boycott over Sterling

Wall denies report of his potential Game 5 boycott over Sterling
May 3, 2014, 3:00 pm
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(Associated Press)

Wizards point guard John Wall denied a report that he was prepared to sit out Tuesday's Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls.

Six teams played this past Tuesday, including the Wizards and Bulls along with the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. That afternoon and prior to those games, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling plus a push to have Sterling sell the franchise.

If the punishment did not meet hopes and expectations, players in those games were prepared to boycott, according to reports.

One televised report on TNT prior to the Warriors-Clippers game this past Tuesday specifically mentioned Wall and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant as a players the Clippers team believed they had a commitment from to sit out.

"No, I didn't talk to anybody from the Clippers. I wasn't thinking about sitting out," Wall said on Saturday following Washington's practice.

The team also did not engage in any group discussion about a collective protest.

"Not really. Some guys might have just thrown it out, but we didn't really talk about it as a team," Wizards guard Garrett Temple told CSN this week. "Our main focus was the game. I feel it's an unfortunate incident that happened and we're definitely standing with our peers in the NBA. We're all very happy with the punishment that Adam Silver put down.

"To say that we were going to boycott the game if he hadn't put down a punishment as tough as he did, I don't think that would be accurate."

Wall showed no signs of distraction on Tuesday, leading the Wizards to a series-clinching victory with 24 points, seven rebounds and four assists. 

The Wizards await the winner of the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks. Game 1 of the second round series will take place on Monday, in either Indianapolis or Washington if the Hawks win Saturday's decisive Game 7.

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