UPDATE: 11:06 p.m. — The three NBA playoff games scheduled for Thursday are unlikely to take place, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Discussions on continuing season will extend into tomorrow, sources tell ESPN, but appears unlikely the three playoff games on Thursday will be played. "Everyone is still too emotional," one high-ranking source tells ESPN. "There needs to be more time to come together on this."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
UPDATE: 10:39 p.m. — The Lakers and Clippers voted to boycott the rest of the season. Most other teams voted to continue, per Shams Charania.
Sources: The Lakers and Clippers have voted to boycott the NBA season. Most other teams voted to continue. LeBron James has exited the meeting.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 27, 2020
More details are saying that the Lakers and Clippers have both left the meeting Wednesday night. Miami Heat F Udonis Haslem stated how the season can’t continue without both the Clippers and Lakers.
Sources: Miami's Udonis Haslem spoke and essentially told everyone in room that -- without Lakers and Clippers, how will season continue?— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 27, 2020
LeBron James walked out. Rest of Lakers and Clippers exited behind him.
Here’s some more clarity on the Lakers and Clippers vote from Woj.
The Clippers and Lakers voting on perhaps not continuing with the season was considered more of a polling, than a final vote, sources tell ESPN. The resumption of the playoffs remains still up in the air.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
UPDATE: 9:04 p.m. — The meeting between players is currently going on and Woj has some details.
So far, speakers in the meeting of NBA players tonight: NBPA president Chris Paul, NBPA VP Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver and Clippers coach Doc Rivers, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
There is also a Board of Governors meeting going down on Thursday morning with three games still scheduled. At this point it’s unclear if those games will be played.
The NBA has scheduled a special Board of Governors meeting on Thursday morning, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
UPDATE: 6:07 p.m. — A veteran player told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that ‘the season is in jeopardy’ as the NBA and players will meet later to decide the fate of the season.
Emotions are raw, players were already worn out of bubble environment prior to the Jacob Blake shooting and sources say discussions within teams are ongoing about postponing tomorrow's three games too -- and beyond. "The season is in jeopardy," one vet player here tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
UPDATE 5:12 p.m.: The NBA players are meeting Wednesday evening in Orlando to figure out next steps following the postponement of Wednesday’s games. The league and union agreed to reschedule the games, but there is no word on what will follow.
UPDATE 5:07 p.m.: The NBA has confirmed all three Wednesday playoff games have been postponed.
NBA spokesman confirms all three of Wednesday’s games have been postponed.— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 26, 2020
The 2020 NBA Playoffs have been temporarily postponed due to boycotts throughout the League in the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. No games will be played on Wednesday, August 26th as a result of the protests, CNN reported.
BREAKING:— Coy Wire (@CoyWire) August 26, 2020
CNN has learned that all of tonight’s NBA games have been postponed.
The Milwaukee Bucks decided Wednesday to not take the court for Game 5 of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic in protest. Since then, more teams and players have decided to protest as well, thus halting the playoffs. All games on Wednesday were postponed and now it looks like the playoffs will be delayed. The Rockets-Thunder players had reportedly decided to protest as well before the CNN report dropped. Lakers-Blazers was also headed in that direction.
It’s unclear at this point when the playoffs will resume and how the NBA will deal with this. The Bucks were working to get on the phone with Milwaukee Attorney General Josh Kaul in the locker room after deciding not to take the court. We can only assume nobody is going to play any basketball until something major is done to solve the issues of social injustice and police brutality in the country.
There has been an outpour of support from the community behind the protests that have sparked the stop of the postseason. The Boston Celtics twitter account tweeted a way everyone can help the family of Jacob Blake.
Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James was probably the most upset of all the players reacting to the news. Here’s what King James had to say on Twitter.
FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020