Updated: Jan 14, 2021
The NBA playoffs will resume on Sunday (NZ time). Credits: Photo - Getty; Video - Sky Sport
What was once a court of bouncing balls and full-throated cheering, is now filled with cold air and a deafening silence as an empty court welcomed the 26th of August 2020.
The Milwaukee Bucks refuse to hit the floor in the beginning of Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, an activity they later expressed was because of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, resulting in regular citizen shootings of protestors and the absence of legitimate reaction to those and other public events of social shamefulness that went before them.
Full statement from the Milwaukee Bucks
"Notwithstanding the staggering supplication for change, there has been no activity," Bucks watch Sterling Brown read from the players' announcement, "so our spotlight today can't be on b-ball."
The Bucks establishment gave an announcement supporting the players' strategy.
After the choice on that game, presently reports flowed that the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder would likewise be fighting Game 5 of their arrangement, which was booked for 6:30 p.m. ET.
At that point came official word from the NBA on Wednesday evening that each of the three games booked for Aug. 26 - Bucks versus Enchantment, Rockets versus Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers versus Portland Trail Blazers - were delayed. Every one of those Game 5s will be rescheduled, per the NBA.
Composed of 74.4% black, the NBA players took a stand with their brothers in color in this fight against the sickening social injustice and merciless killings that are rampantly going on, spilling blood in the American soil.
With full support from their coaches, players over the group have been resolute that all the more should be done to impact social change after the ongoing police shooting of Blake in Kenosha, Wisc.
The players are not alone either:
Update to the News : Players decide to resume 2020 playoffs
- NBA players reportedly decided Thursday they want to continue the season, coming to that consensus one day after three postseason games were postponed in a protest of racial injustice.
Despite the reported agreement to resume the playoffs, the three games scheduled for Thursday are postponed. In a statement issued by the NBA on Thursday, the league said the games scheduled for Aug. 27 will hopefully be played in the coming days.
“NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled. We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday," NBA Executive Vice President Mike Bass said in a statement released Thursday.
"There is a videoconference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 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 next steps.”
- excerpt from the Official News from NBA.COM