Gibson proud of Clippers for taking stand

April, 28, 2014
Apr 28
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DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson is proud of how the Los Angeles Clippers players are handling the controversy in the wake of alleged racist remarks made by their owner Donald Sterling.

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The Clippers players expressed their displeasure with their owner's comments before Game 4 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Clippers ditched their warmup jackets and threw them in a pile on center court, showing inside-out red shirts without the Clippers' logo. They also wore black arm or wrist bands and black socks during the game.

"It speaks volumes," Gibson said after Monday's practice. "Not only for African-Americans, but for racism -- it's not tolerated at all. They took a big step forward, but at the same time there's so much distraction. You look at how they were playing and I can only feel for them right now."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is saddened by the situation, but is happy his good friend Doc Rivers has become the public voice of the Clippers.

"It's a tough issue to get through for them," Thibodeau said. "As I said, I'm glad Doc is the guy that's there. He's raved about his team all year. They've worked incredibly hard. They have a lot of character and they'll get through it. Doc is a terrific leader, as is Chris Paul. Hopefully it will get resolved soon."

The NBA has called a 1 p.m. CT press conference on Tuesday to discuss its investigation into the Sterling matter.

"The one thing about the NBA, there's always been great diversity," Thibodeau said. "It's equality for all people. Our league has been at the forefront of that. Hopefully everyone will be able to get through it, but it's disappointing."

Dunleavy back at practice: Mike Dunleavy went through all of practice Monday after injuring his left thumb during Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Washington Wizards. The Bulls said that he just has a bruise.

"Mike's good," Thibodeau said.

Remembering Dr. Jack: Thibodeau expressed his sadness over the passing of Hall of Fame coach Dr. Jack Ramsay on Monday.

"Thoughts and prayers to his family," Thibodeau said. "Just a terrific guy. Obviously, a great, great basketball coach, but an even better person. I could recall when I started coaching, he had written a basketball book that was like a basketball bible. Every coach had to read it. It was a must read. But anytime he was around as a broadcaster, he was just a joy to be around. What a great person. It's a sad day."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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