Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors to Make Gesture of Solidarity with Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Raptors to Make Gesture of Solidarity with Los Angeles Clippers in Game 5

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Raptors to make gesture of solidarity

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TORONTO - NBA players might be enemies on the court, but they are united off it.

That's why the Toronto Raptors say they'll make a gesture of support for the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night over the Donald Sterling controversy.

"We're united. . . You've got to respect that," said Raptors all-star DeMar DeRozan. "That's the great thing about us. Society is not in that place anymore. You see guys from all different cultures, all different parts of the country, different parts of the world all coming together as one. Comments like that are uncalled for."

The Raptors will join a chorus of support from around the league when they host Brooklyn in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference series at the Air Canada Centre. Sterling, the longtime Clippers owner, was banned for life by the NBA on Tuesday in response to racist comments he made.

DeRozan wouldn't specify what the Raptors' silent protest might entail, but it will likely be similar to Miami's. On Monday night, the Heat ran out of the tunnel in their warmups, huddled at centre court and tossed their white jerseys to the ground. They wore their red warmup shirts inside out, hiding the team logo.

Sterling's comments outraged players around the league when the story broke last Saturday. The Raptors were in Brooklyn between Games 3 and 4, and the story was the topic of conversation during the team's bus ride to practice.

"We live in a society where we're much past that," DeRozan said. "From the comments that Sterling said, we're much bigger than that. The game came a long way and society came a long way to take three steps back."

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry said the NBA "is a brotherhood. …

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