Following the boycott by the Milwaukee Bucks for Wednesday’s Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, the NBA players will meet Wednesday night to discuss further action and “the season is in jeopardy,” according to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
“There’s a meeting tonight among players in the bubble to talk about where they go from here,” he said on ESPN. “As one player told me today and other executives absolutely believe, the season is in jeopardy.”
Woj added: “It is unclear to me right now how realistic it is [that the season would be shut down] but it is part of the conversation. Teams who are playing [Thursday] are already talking amongst themselves about whether they will play…It is premature to say that we have seen the last NBA game this year, but these players and these organizations, they are serious here about these issues. The Jacob Blake shooting touched off what was already a really raw environment within the bubble among players. They have felt these issues deeply since they got here. They have continued to talk about them….There’s a sense of helplessness among many, and support among many others, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them and this is a moment of time in the NBA and in professional sports.”
He added that meeting Wednesday will influence what direction “the league and this bubble and these players are going to go in.”
Still, some players want to finish the season.
“We’re already here,” one player told Yahoo Sports. “Let’s finish what we started.”
The NBA on Wednesday announced the postponement of all three of Wednesday’s playoff games, while Thursday’s games are in doubt. The Milwaukee Brewers also postponed a game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Multiple NBA players, including LeBron James, made their positions known.
Bucks guard George Hill said Monday: “This world has to change. The police department has to change. Us as a society have to change. Right now we’re not seeing any of that.”
Clippers coach Doc Rivers was very impassioned and emotional in his comments on Tuesday night after his team’s game.
“All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear,” he said. “We’re the ones getting killed. We’re the ones getting shot…It’s amazing, we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back.”
Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man, was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha, Wisc. police on Sunday and is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down. Two were killed and one injured Tuesday night when protesters there were shot by a 17-year-old white man from out of state.
The incident is the latest in a series of incidents involving African-American men and police, including the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis where Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, resulting in Floyd’s death.
The season remains in the balance.
“The dominoes really started to fall once the Bucks made that decision and did not come out of the locker room against the Orlando Magic today,” Woj said.