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NBA releases statement on the resumption of playoffs

Adam Silver, NBA

The NBA has announced the playoffs are expected to resume either Friday or Saturday, as scheduled games won’t be taking place on Thursday. NBA players boycotted the slate of games on Wednesday, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks, who led the way for other teams to take the same action.

“NBA playoff games for today will not be played as scheduled. We are hopeful to resume games either Friday or Saturday,” said vice president Mike Bass in a statement. “There is a video conference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 teams in Orlando, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss next steps.”

The 13 teams still in playoff contention — Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, and the Bucks are expected to have two representatives each in this Thursday afternoon meeting with Jordan to decide the outcome.

Players are hoping some action from the owners comes from this boycott, considering the NBPA mulled the option of not taking on the restart for the same reasons months ago.

The NBA has once away led the way responding to social injustice, as other leagues like the WNBA, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer soon followed the example set.

The Bucks wanted to show a sign of solidarity after the shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black male in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who was shot seven times on the back by police earlier this week. Blake remains paralyzed from the waist down, as doctors still don’t know if he will recover movement at a later date.