NBA Wednesday Cancelled Due To Slew Of Player Boycotts
It was all systems go for the Game 5 triple-header on Wednesday night, but zero NBA action took place as players staged a boycott protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Police officers shot at Blake, a black man, multiple times as he was getting into his car in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
It was the Milwaukee Bucks that first decided not to emerge from their locker room for the continuation of their playoffs series against the Orlando Magic.
According to CBS Sports, this move by the Bucks prompted the NBA to postpone all three games slated for the night. That includes games between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers.
Season In Jeopardy
According to the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, strikes are banned under any circumstances. By opting to stay inside their locker room well beyond the call time for their game, the Bucks broke their own contract in the name of protest.
“The past four months have shed light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities,” the team said in a statement released on Wednesday afternoon. “Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.”
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that NBA officials and team owners didn’t get a whiff that a boycott had been brewing. He also said he was told by an NBA player that the season is in jeopardy, thus signalling that the boycott may not be a simple one-time thing, after all.
What’s The Plan?
The NBA earlier confirmed that it will be rescheduling the Game 5 duels, but details are sparse at the moment.
The league has yet to settle on a date, and even if they do, there is no assurance that players will actually come out to play next time. After all, this is shaping up to be a general strike of sorts, with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers already voting to sit out the entire season.
For better or for worse, this might just be the most historic NBA season in recent memory.
This is a developing story.