It was quite a scene at Staples Center on Tuesday as the Clippers hosted the Warriors for Game Five of their Western Conference First Round series. The nation’s eyes were squarely on them to see how the fans would respond to their team returning home amid the controversy surrounding Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling.
The NBA brought the hammer down on Sterling, suspending him from the NBA for life (virtually removing him from the team’s day-to-day operations) and fining him $2.5 million. He was gone and fans rejoiced, while keeping an eye on the larger picture that there is still a debate and discussion needed on race and race relations in the wake of this controversy.
We’re appreciative to Adam Hawk (@ImAdamHawk) for getting a good look at the atmosphere as fans filed in: