Report: NBA players agree to resume playoffs after protest against racial injustice
ORLANDO, Fla. - After NBA players made a bold statement against racial injustice and boycotted all games scheduled for Wednesday night following the police shooting of Jacob Blake that left him paralyzed, the NBA players decided to resume the season, according to a report. However, no NBA playoff games will be played for the second night in a row.
It is unclear when the season will continue and under which circumstances.
The Los Angeles Clippers announced they postponed Thursday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks "in solidarity with our players as we fight for justice and change."
Thursday marked Game 6 of what has become a heated series.
NBA Executive President Mike Bass issued the following statement and said NBA legend Michael Jordan will play in a role in what happens next:
"NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled. We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday. There is a video conference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 g teams in Orlando, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss the next step."
On Wednesday night, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard of the LA Clippers voted to boycott the rest of the season.
Many have predicted the Clippers and Lakers will face-off in the Western Conference Finals.
While James and Leonard, amongst the best players of the league, wanted to boycott the duration of the season, not all players felt the same way.
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The movement started when the Milwaukee Bucks, led by reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, refused to take the floor against the Orlando Magic for Game 5 of the series.
In solidarity, after the Bucks made their move, the other NBA teams slated to play Wednesday night followed suit, as well as three Major League Baseball games, including the Golden State rival Dodgers-Giants game, five Major League Soccer matches, including the LA Galaxy, and three WNBA games.
In addition, some NFL teams, including the Green Bay Packers, did not hold practice Thursday.
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While it appeared the NBA season was a wrap, the situation seemingly took a turn Thursday morning. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the players decided to resume the season.
Citing unnamed sources, Wojnarowski said discussion was underway on when teams would get back on the court.
He also reported Thursday night's games will likely be postponed but the playoffs would resume at a later date.
According to ESPN, a meeting between the NBA owners and players is scheduled for later Thursday.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.