Three NBA Playoff Games Postponed
Three NBA playoff games were postponed on Wednesday as players from around the league boycotted taking part.
What started as a simple stand from one team quickly spread throughout the league, and has now carried over into Thursday.
The Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the floor for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against the Orlando Magic. The Bucks were responding to another instance of police brutality that took place in Kenosha, Wisc.
Members of the Orlando Magic were on the floor prior to tip-off, but they left the court with just four minutes remaining until the tip. News of the Bucks’ protest traveled fast, and within the next two hours, the Oklahoma City Thunder-Houston Rockets game and the Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers game were postponed as well.
The NBA has announced that these games will be rescheduled at a later date, but the league was also made aware of a players-only meeting taking place on Wednesday night. NBA sources indicated that some players were in favor of leaving the bubble, effectively shutting down the 2020 NBA season.
The boycotts started by NBA teams spread to other professional sports, and by Wednesday night, games across four different leagues had been postponed. The NBA has taken the fight against social injustice very seriously, and the league has supported the players in this movement.
Players, Board of Governors Hold Separate Meetings
League sources were informed that all of the remaining players in the bubble at Orlando would be invited to a meeting on Wednesday night. Talks were expected to center around the next steps and whether or not there was a real thought of leaving the bubble to end the season.
ESPN learned that both the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers voted in favor of leaving the bubble, but they were the only two teams. Another meeting between the players took place on Thursday morning as the talks continued late into the night.
The NBA Board of Governors was also set to meet on Thursday morning as they work through how to finish the season. Commissioner Adam Silver has been in touch with several of the top players in the league, and he is working with them to try and find a solution.
The players have requested a meeting with team owners, and they are looking for ownership to take a hard stance on this subject as well.
Players Agree to Resume Play
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was informed on Thursday morning that the players have agreed to stay in the bubble and finish out the remainder of the season. He is also reporting that all three of the games scheduled for Thursday will be postponed as the players continue to meet.
There are still plenty of details that need to be worked out between the league and the players, but games are expected to resume on Friday. The NBA will have to adjust its playoff schedule, and television networks will be included in that discussion.
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