We haven't seen many full-scale, shouting, angry and determined protests against bigotry and racial hatred by black folks since the 1960s, which is why we need one on Sunday to force much-needed change.
Wouldn't change be instant if the black players -- OK, J.J. Redick, too, because why should this only annoy black people? -- who represent Donald Sterling suddenly announce that they'll no longer work for him, effective immediately?
Wouldn't Sterling make them trust the news broken by TMZ, a celebrity-stalking outfit with a checkered past when it comes to the truth, after hearing an audiotape of what Sterling said to a girlfriend? Wouldn't they cringe at the part where Sterling is heard saying he didn't want her bringing black people to Clippers games and how she shouldn't put black people on her Instagram?
Wouldn't they be appalled that the target of this rant was Magic Johnson, who posed for a picture with the woman, who has done wonders in black communities over the years by helping to rebuild them and re-brand them?
Wouldn't Chris Paul and Doc Rivers and Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan attempt to do what Elgin Baylor and a group of residents who rented homes from Sterling couldn't, and raise the idea of forcibly removing this coldsore from the league, once and for all, Marge Schott-style?
Wouldn't the networks, paying almost a billion dollars for NBA coverage, freak out at the possibility of running monster truck rallies in place of Game 4 of Clippers-Warriors and begin banging on the door of NBA commissioner Adam Silver, demanding answers? (The NBA released a brief statement on Saturday.)
Wouldn't Silver threaten to fine the protesting team $1 million for boycotting the playoffs and the players would laugh and welcome such a steep punishment, which must be paid by the owner?
Wouldn't Silver then quit grasping for excuses and stalling for time and do what David Stern either couldn't or wouldn't and take the initial step of pressing Sterling to sell his team for the best interests of the league?
Wouldn't the 29 other owners, who secretly detest Sterling anyway and mock him in private conversation, stop counting their cash long enough to hold an emergency session and a vote, or at least put it on the agenda for the next gathering?
Wouldn't the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP hang its head in shame for honoring Sterling a half-dozen times for his "work" with poor black kids in L.A., meaning, he wrote a few checks to buy silence and make himself appear genuine despite leaving a trail of racist smoke? Wouldn't the Clippers feel compelled to remove those "purchased" plaques from the team trophy case at the club's headquarters, where they sit next to Griffin's Rookie of the Year trophy, for goodness' sake?
Wouldn't Billy Crystal, fading comedian, suddenly look incredibly stupid for being a BFF of Sterling and sitting next to him at home games for like, forever? (Crystal is white, and therefore Sterling approves of his presence.)
Wouldn't it seem weird, in hindsight, how Baylor, a Hall of Famer and loyal Clippers employee for two decades, got his discrimination suit thrown out by a judge several years ago? Wouldn't those claims by Baylor, who said Sterling held a "plantation mentality" when it came to the Clippers and quoted Sterling saying he wanted "a white Southern coach coaching poor black players" seem much more plausible today?
Wouldn't the scores of white fans who coincidently pay good money to see black people at Clippers games -- those approved by Sterling, anyway -- rise up and join the movement as well and turn this into an "us" thing and not a "black" thing?
Wouldn't Baylor get the last laugh, and a knee-slapping, hearty one at that?
Wouldn't a group of former black and Hispanic residents at Sterling's vast collection of apartment buildings simply shake their heads at the latest? Wouldn't they recall how they won a $2.7 million settlement, a record in a Justice Department case involving rentals? Wouldn't the Department nod in affirmation and recall how Sterling, according to the accusations, favored Koreans because he thought they were more reliable residents?
Wouldn't Danny Manning, now coaching in college, be reminded of how, according to Baylor, Sterling hesitated before agreeing to a contract with the former No. 1 pick, saying, "Well, that's a lot of money for a poor black," and causing Manning to leave that negotiation session in a huff?
Wouldn't we all be spared the sight of Sterling wobbling to his courtside seat for Game 5 at Staples Center, or even better, watching him take his usual seat while his B-list celebrity friends (except for the loyal Crystal) asking to be relocated to the -- ohmigod -- fourth row instead?
Wouldn't a player protest against the man who makes them rich be a victory for substance over dollars? Wouldn't that make Jim Brown and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the late Arthur Ashe and Rafer Johnson, the movers and shakers of the sporting world during the turbulent '60s, feel that the stand they took against racism was worthwhile?
Wouldn't Cliff Paul remove his bifocals, strap on a leather black glove, thrust a fist into the air and approve?
Wouldn't the commissioner be able to do enough at the 11th hour to convince Clippers players that Sterling won't be in the league next season -- we know these things take time -- and that they can resume their normal duties and spare us a boycotted game that would sully the league?
Wouldn't everyone in the basketball universe, fans and coaches and owners and all players regardless of their race, sign up for this without any hedging or excuse-making or any "this-is-their-deal-not-mine" weaseling?
Wouldn't Silver and the Clippers players emerge with sterling -- um, excuse the pun -- reputations and be seen as crusaders for a more righteous world?
Wouldn't Sterling be suddenly flush with roughly $900 million in cash, which is what the Clippers would likely fetch, considering someone wrote a half-billion-check for the Bucks? (Unfortunately, yes.)
And finally …
Wouldn't all of the above be terrific if it happened, except for the unfortunate fact that it's nothing but a fantasy?