The NBA playoffs may or may not continue after the Bucks boycotted Wednesday night’s game against the Magic and restarted a movement of protest in sports. Players reportedly held a meeting Wednesday night to discuss the future of the season, but no decision has been made.
No matter what happens, Lakers star LeBron James wants the public to understand that NBA games are not being postponed. They are being boycotted by players in the wake of a video released Sunday that shows Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, being shot multiple times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wis.
James posted to his Instagram story a photo of a TV screen featuring the headline « all three NBA playoff games postponed today, » a move the league announced after the Rockets, Thunder, Lakers and Trail Blazers reportedly followed the lead of the Bucks. James corrected the wording in his post.
For what it’s worth, the league said each of Wednesday’s boycotted games will be rescheduled, but no makeup dates have been announced.
James’ Lakers and the Clippers reportedly voted Wednesday night to boycott the rest of the NBA season as part of an informal poll during the players meeting, but all other teams voted to continue playing.
The Los Angeles Times reported that James and Clippers star Kawhi Leonard were « adamant » about ending the season. James left the meeting early and was followed by the rest of the Lakers and Clippers.
The league’s Board of Governors was scheduled to hold an emergency call with NBA commissioner Adam Silver at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, per multiple reports. NBA players also scheduled a separate meeting for the same time.
It is « unlikely » that Thursday’s games — Nuggets vs. Jazz, Celtics vs. Raptors and Clippers vs. Mavericks — will be played.
And as James shouldn’t have to remind the public a second time, if those games are not played, it won’t be because the league made the call. The players are in control and are sending a message with their protest.
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