All three NBA playoff games scheduled for Wednesday will likely be postponed as players protest the shooting Sunday of Jacob Blake, the league introduced. The games will likely be rescheduled.
“The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – Bucks vs. Magic, Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers – have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled,” the league stated in a press release.
Blake, a Black man, was shot a number of occasions by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident has sparked protests in Kenosha all through the week. Blake is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down.
The NBA protest began when players from the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks didn’t take the court docket when their playoff sport was scheduled to start out at four p.m. on Wednesday. The NBA introduced it might postpone all games on Wednesday following experiences that the opposite groups scheduled to play deliberate to boycott their games as properly.
Alex Lasry, senior vice chairman of the Bucks, tweeted his help for the players’ protest:
The restart of the NBA season within the Disney bubble has been a possibility for players, coaches and employees to take a stand in opposition to racial inequality within the nation, with many players sporting slogans on their jerseys and “Black Lives Matter” printed on the court docket.
Following the Los Angeles Clippers Game 5 win over the Dallas Mavericks, coach Doc Rivers additionally spoke on the shooting of Blake and present state of race relations within the U.S.
You can watch Rivers’ feedback right here: