But the Bucks decided to boycott in protest to the police shooting of Jacob Blake -- a 29-year-old Black man -- in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday.
It was an incredibly powerful statement, and news surfaced shortly thereafter that the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder elected to boycott Game 5 of their series as well. The Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers also decided to boycott Game 5 in their series.
The league and the National Basketball Players Association later announced that all three games would be postponed.
The NBA and the NBPA 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 – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.— NBA (@NBA) August 26, 2020
As it all developed, NBA players took to Twitter to voice their feelings and emotions.
For those who don't understand what is going on, it will always be bigger than basketball! We demand change!!! We demand justice! Have a blessed day! ✊🏾🙏🏾— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) August 26, 2020
We have the strongest, most unified league in the world!!! #change— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) August 26, 2020
When I say black lives matter, I'm not referring to an organization, taking a political stance or following a trend. I'm telling whoever is capable of seeing or hearing the statement, that black lives matter. Simple.— Nassir Little (@2ez_nassie) August 26, 2020
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