Playoffs on Hold
Wednesday afternoon all NBA fans were getting ready for the NBA playoffs to kick-off for the day. The NBA had three playoff games slated for the day, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks vs Orlando Magic. The Orlando Magic took the court ready to get the game started, but the Milwaukee Bucks were nowhere to be found. Word began to come out that the Bucks were contemplating boycotting the game. After their team meeting, the Bucks did decide to boycott the game. Oklahoma City Thunder was slated to play the Houston Rockets in the 2nd game, and The L.A Lakers vs The Portland Trailblazers were set to follow. All teams followed the lead of the Milwaukee Bucks and choose to boycott their games.
Following their decision to boycott, the Bucks read a statement in regards to their decision to boycott; “We are calling for Justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable. For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability.”
After it was clear that all games would be canceled for the day, everyone had the same question; what’s next? There was a decision that needed to be made on the three games that were slated to be played the following day. Late last night, all the players in the bubble had a meeting to discuss what unified action would be their next step. From the reports that came from that meeting, the players weren’t able to come to a unified decision. The players were scheduled to meet again this morning to continue the discussion on their next move.
Shout out to the NBA players for making this historic move, it isn’t easy to do what they are doing. Hopefully, they can stay unified and we’re able to see some results behind their brave actions.