The Miami Heat came out and were one of the first teams to support the Clippers in a show of solidarity. But while they were backing up the Clippers with their inside-out warmups, they weren’t completely sold on the whole idea of a boycott.
Shandel Richardson points out that while a league-wide boycott of games would have been likely had the decision to punish Silver been light, the Heat weren’t completely sold on the idea.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Warriors planned to walk off the court after tip-off of Game 5 if Sterling wasn’t banned. The Heat said they had no plans of not playing but would “cross that river” if there was no punishment.
Obviously, the Heat weren’t going to play games if the league had come down light on Sterling as they’ve proven to be progressive on various issues from this matter to the Trayvon Martin case. It’s not an easy decision to make, so the Heat not jumping at the idea of a boycott is understandable, even if they ultimately would have arrived at that point if duty called.