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Aaron Gordon of Magic is first player to leave Orlando bubble after NBA players’ strike

Aaron Gordon, Magic

Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon has left the Orlando “bubble” after NBA players boycotted Wednesday’s playoff games, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Aaron Gordon is the first player to cite the strike–which was a response to the shooting of Jacob Blake over the weekend–as a reason for leaving. Charania reported Gordon will also seek treatment on his hamstring injury.

Aaron Gordon is aware that the Magic were preparing to play on Wednesday afternoon, but the Milwaukee Bucks were not on the floor just minutes prior to the scheduled tip-off.

Eventually, it was reported the Bucks had decided not to play, and the Magic left the floor. Milwaukee’s decision resulted in the postponement of all three of Wednesday’s games after all six teams chose not to play.

It has since been reported the players have decided to resume play, likely on either Friday or Saturday. However, the decision to continue the playoffs is not sitting well with everyone.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was reportedly adamant players take a stand and elect to suspend the season.

It is unknown whether Aaron Gordon was in the same camp as LeBron and some others. Regardless, emotions are raw as the players and owners try to find a path forward.

Aaron Gordon had already been listed as inactive ahead of Wednesday’s game, and he has not played since Orlando’s fourth seeding game on Aug. 5.

Will other players also follow suit? While it seems likely Aaron Gordon’s hamstring is rendering his playing status untenable, it is curious he also chose to cite recent events.

Perhaps more players will follow through in their determinations to sit out in protest.

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