*Several NBA teams playing Monday night let the players in the Los Angeles Clippers organization know that they’re not alone.
In an act of solidarity, the defending NBA champion Miami Heat wore black socks and recreated the Clippers’ silent protest against their team owner Donald Sterling. The Heat players, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, huddled at center court of Charlotte’s Time Warner Cable Arena and threw their team-issued branded shirts in a pile, revealing warm-up shirts worn inside-out to obscure the team name and logo.
As noted by sideline reporter Rachel Nichols during the TNT broadcast of the game, the discarded shirts were initially cleared off the floor up by a member of the arena staff. That staffer was then instructed to return the shirts to their spot near midcourt to make sure the gesture was noticed.
In another act of silent protest, the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers wore black socks during Game 4 of their playoffs series on Sunday night.
“I just wanted to do something to support our brothers,” Portland star LaMarcus Aldridge told TNT.