While five teams decided to boycott their games on Wednesday to denounce the recent police intervention against African-American Jacob Blake, NBA Games Postponed finally
The Milwaukee Bucks were the first to get the ball rolling when they faced the Orlando Magic at 4:00 p.m. in game five of their first round series.
The Bucks players did not show up on the floor for the start of the game. For their part, the Magic players left the field with less than four minutes left before the start of the game.
George Hill Bucks leader told ESPN “We are so tired of the killings and injustice, “Shortly thereafter, players of the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder let it be known that they would not play their first-round match scheduled for early evening, reported The Athletic.
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers, who were scheduled to play each other at 9 p.m., also decided not to play before the NBA suspended operations.
“Some things are bigger than basketball or any sport,” wrote Alex Lasry Bucks senior vice president on his Twitter account.
The position taken today by the players (and the organization) shows that we’ve had enough. It’s enough. There has to change. I am extremely proud of the players, we are 100% behind them, ready to support them.”
Raptors at the heart of the fight
Other NBA teams, including the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics, are also considering boycotting games in reaction to events involving Jacob Blake, an African-American who was shot seven times by a police officer on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Two people were killed Tuesday in Kenosha during protests against the brutal police action.
NBA players have been active in showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement since the resumption of activities in Orlando shortly after the death of George Floyd in a violent police crackdown.
Some players, including Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam of the Raptors, feel that taking a knee to the ground during national anthems is probably not enough to bring about change and contribute to the cause.
“We came here for a reason, to use our area and platform,” said Siakam. We wanted to send a message and we hoped to raise awareness and bring about change.
But it’s like we’re stuck. We’re not even doing anything productive… it really hurt.” “they want to help, They want to be part of a solution, they want justice,” said Nick Nurse Raptors head coach.
The boycott is a solution for them to demand a little more action or move, and I think what they want. I think there’s enough attention but there’s not enough action at all.”
Some players would even consider leaving the NBA bubble so they can get more action. “I’ve heard some guys say they’re thinking about going home. I don’t know if it’s the whole team talking about it,” Nurse told ESPN.
NO INTENTION OF BOYCOTTING IN NHL
The National Hockey League (NHL) does not intend to emulate the NBA by postponing Wednesday night games due to a boycott of players.
The three playoff games that were scheduled for the evening were cancelled by the basketball circuit because several teams in the league chose to boycott them because of police action against African-American Jacob Blake.
In an interview with Sportsnet, NHL Assistant Commissioner Bill Daly indicated that these actions were not part of the plans. “I don’t expect the league to suspend its activities.”
“Obviously, our players have the freedom to express themselves in any way they see fit,” added Daly.
There are two evening games scheduled on the Bettman Circuit: the Tampa Bay Lightning versus the Boston Bruins and the Colorado Avalanche versus the Dallas Stars. The NHL will hold a pre-game reflection session before each game.