The NBA has announced that this season playoff games that were to take place on Wednesday have been postponed and rescheduled. This came after the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their playoff game on Wednesday with the Orlando Magic. This came after the most recent police shooting of Jacob Blake in the Bucks’ home state of Wisconsin.
Shortly after the Bucks made a statement by not playing, the Rockets and Thunder decided to also not play today, as well as the Lakers and Trail Blazers. The game broadcast on NBA TV reported the players sat out in protest.
“Some things are bigger than basketball,” Bucks Senior VP Alex Lasry wrote on Twitter. “The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”
Many players and coaches have spoken with heavy hearts since the shooting of Blake, and earlier Wednesday the Toronto Raptors discussed the possibility of sitting out Game 1 of their second-round matchup against the Boston Celtics.
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet told media on Tuesday that to bring change, players would have to “put something up to lose, rather than just money or visibility.” By sitting out games, that certainly makes a statement that the players are sick and tired of nothing changing concerning police brutality against Black people in this country.
And it is being stated that NBA players from multiple teams have voiced their opinion that not enough is being done about police killings. Several were asked about the possible boycott over the last 24 hours. The players have called for a meeting Wednesday night to determine the next steps, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.