WATERTOWN, Mass. — Phil Pressey watched the Donald Sterling saga this week with intrigue, just like everyone else associated with the NBA. But he never considered what would be a suitable punishment for the Los Angeles Clippers owner before NBA commissioner Adam Silver handed down a lifetime ban Tuesday.
“It’s not for me to judge,” Pressey said. “I just let it go, let it go.”
This is what it has come to in the Sterling controversy. NBA players, intentionally or not, are quoting the lead song from the Disney movie “Frozen.” The world never will be the same.
Pressey was at the local Boys and Girls Club on Friday to meet with kids and promote healthy eating at a community event sponsored by America’s Compounding Center. Having just finished his rookie season with the Boston Celtics, the 23-year-old guard hewed to the company line when asked about Sterling’s racist rant and Silver’s decisive action.
“Adam Silver said it best: He wasn’t going to stand for it, along with the rest of the players, and I’m happy about his decision,” Pressey said.
The ban did not change his opinion of the new commissioner, who succeeded David Stern in February.
“David Stern left the game in good hands,” Pressey said. “It didn’t change anything for me. I thought he was doing well, he’s doing well now and he’s going to do well in the future.”