Following a day of unprecedented boycotts around the NBA, the LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers have voted not to play the remainder of the season, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
According to Charania, the Clippers and Lakers were the only two teams to vote against continuing the season. Lakers star LeBron James reportedly said during a meeting between players, coaches and officials that he wants the league’s owners to be more involved and take action.
The decision to hold the meeting came after all three of Wednesday’s playoff games had been postponed as a result of all six teams refusing to take the floor.
The Milwaukee Bucks got the ball rolling on Wednesday afternoon, choosing to remain in the team locker room in the moments leading up to Game 5 of their first-round series with the Orlando Magic. Soon after, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers followed suit.
Perhaps what’s most stunning about all of this is which teams are at the forefront of the decision. The Bucks, Lakers and Clippers are considered to be the teams most favored to win this year’s NBA championship. Choosing to give up that opportunity truly shows that police brutality and systemic racism are bigger than basketball to this group of players.
It’s hard to say what this means in regards to the remainder of the season at this point, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier that the league’s Board of Governors would meet on Thursday morning. That group will, seemingly, decide the fate of the season.
It was later revealed by Wojnarowski that the decision made by the Clippers and Lakers was « more of a polling, than a final vote », which adds to the idea that the decision will ultimately be made during tomorrow morning’s meeting.
The LA Clippers are facing adversity going into their most crucial game of the playoffs so far.
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LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers isn’t sure if Patrick Beverley will play in Game 5 or not, but at this point, he isn’t planning on it.
LA Clippers reserve JaMychal Green says the team is doing its best to help Paul George get through his shooting slump.
LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers wasn’t pleased with his team’s emotional toughness in their 135-133 Game 4 defeat.
The LA Clippers have a chance to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series on Sunday afternoon.
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