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NBA players decide to resume playoffs, games expected to return tomorrow

Photo: Ashley Landis, Pool Photo, USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Ashley Landis, Pool Photo, USA TODAY Sports

After sitting out Wednesday’s entire slate of games and contemplating the cancellation of the remainder of the NBA Playoffs, the league’s players decided today to continue postseason play.

In a meeting that began at 11 a.m. ET today, players decided to postpone today’s games, but resume the playoffs as a whole.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the initial news, with several other national reporters adding context to the situation soon after.

The news comes after the Milwaukee Bucks opted to stay in their locker rooms at tip-off against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday afternoon, leading to the postponement of the game. When members of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder planned to do the same in the second game of the day originally scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET, the NBA decided to postpone the entire slate of games.

The initial decision came in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

In a league-wide meeting Wednesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers voted against resuming the playoffs and abruptly left the meeting, with mixed reviews on how to move forward coming from the other remaining teams in the Orlando Bubble.

After sleeping on the decision Wednesday evening, Stadium’s Jeff Goodman broke the news that the players came to a group decision to resume the playoffs with no outliers.

As for the restart of games, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that NBA players and the league as a whole are aiming to return to play starting Friday, but added they will continue to “find new and improved ways to make social justice statements.”

“Players today discussed the sacrifices all of them have made to reach this point in the postseason, and sense of normalcy returning with families entering Disney Campus,” said Charania. “Players who voted not to play on Wednesday night understood. … NBA players in meeting today agreed to continue playing this postseason — but want to find new and improved ways to make social justice statements. Players expect games to resume this weekend.”

According to Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, players felt ending the playoffs and leaving the bubble would “take away their platform,” adding that they can use their stage to create “real change and awareness.”

As of now, it appears an NBA champion will still be crowned in the Disney bubble.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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13 Comments for NBA players decide to resume playoffs, games expected to return tomorrow

  1. PensacolaCat
    1:29 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    NBA players are so full of themselves and disconnected from reality. What a bunch of buffoons.

  2. michaelb
    1:40 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    This was not a surprise … they realized the rest of the people were gonna completely abandon the nba

  3. Jambluehue99
    1:41 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    If not playing last night was to show support for black lives, are they turning their back on black lives today?

  4. VolsSuck
    1:46 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Glad the league isn’t accepting the “shut up and dribble” rhetoric. They’ll dribble, but they won’t shut up.

  5. drasbold
    1:47 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Between Rex Chapman’s comments and this, not a difficult decision on where to spend my time… won’t be watching these pre-Madonnas.

  6. rockyou
    1:49 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Man, I was heartbroken they didn’t play, only because I had to read about it. I don’t care if they never play again, nothing but a bunch of sheep!! They will NEVER get another dime from me

  7. light my fire
    1:55 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Guess they got the memo that no one cares if they play or not.

  8. Reese Davis
    1:59 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Once again there’s no substance, no plan, just pure outrage.
    I agree Jacob should not have been shot 8 times, there HAS to be another way to handle that situation.
    But the reaction to it is pure lunacy. It’s more complex then just being pissed off, and making “statements.” You can make all of the statements you want, what’s your solution? Charter schools? More privately funded schools and programs for poor black youth? Install further police training? They have the wealth to make these things happen on a grandiose scale and assist the communities they come from, let’s see some action! Talk is cheap, not specific, and typically divisive.

  9. ukwildcat1991
    2:09 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    I’m confused by their tactics… what a bunch of morons. Do your bleeping job that you are paid to do! That’s it. Don’t open your mouth don’t push a narrative or policy on anyone just shut up and play street ball that a lot of people hate. That’s all they should do. Tha includes all the past key players playing that league too. They should be held accountable to on this site

    • zod
      5:03 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

      You’re confused, but they are morons. You’re expressing your opinion, but they should shut up. You didn’t think this one out very well. Who is the moron?

  10. michaelb
    2:24 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    I’m afraid the nba was the ones being boycotted , viewership is down 60%. Nice try kings

  11. ike1951m
    2:39 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Who really Cares….These people are so insignificant in the scheme of life.

  12. lexslamman
    5:19 pm August 27, 2020 Permalink

    If you’re not a crazy CEO, the best policy is always to keep your politics to yourself at work. Period.

    In fact, live every day like you’re at the Thanksgiving table. It’s healthier and safer.