One of the strongest statements yet in the fight against racial injustice was made on before the Bucks vs. Magic game.
Kenosha is about 40 miles south of Milwaukee, so one can only imagine how hard this hit for a lot of the players.
The Bucks locked themselves in their locker room, which sparked a league-wide stoppage of all playoff games in the NBA, which continued Thursday.
As reported by Shams Charania Thursday morning, the NBA is reportedly resuming play Friday in an effort to keep the playoffs going.
Wednesday was a historic day in the world of sports, and a lot went down-- and it went down very quickly.
Here's a play-by-play of everything that happened, and where we everything stands now.
The Bucks vs. Magic game was originally scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m. ET, but the Bucks remained in the locker room with the start approaching.
The Magic had been warming up but decided to leave the court as well.
Bucks are in discussion to sit Game 5 in protest, and did not come out on the court for warmups, per shams. pic.twitter.com/lsVD415eFK— House of Highlights (@HoHighlights) August 26, 2020
Both teams have cleared the court with fewer than five minutes left on the clock before Bucks & Magic. Protocol for how or when to declare a forfeit or postponement remains unclear. Bucks have expressed outrage over Jacob Blake police shooting in recent days. pic.twitter.com/dnYuqrvUEy— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 26, 2020
Clock is at 0:00 -- Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks are not on the court. pic.twitter.com/qAjoXDWCom— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) August 26, 2020
As time went on, the Bucks made their official statement that they are boycotting Game 5. The first domino falls.
The Milwaukee Bucks have decided to boycott Game 5, source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
Bucks players are in locker room attempting to reach the attorney general of Wisconsin, Josh Kaul, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Magic players are leaving the arena soon -- not accepting the Bucks‘ forfeit.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 26, 2020
Game balls are being put away, as the Bucks decide to boycott game 5 against the Magic. pic.twitter.com/Cy32q2CJH7— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 26, 2020
Alex Lasry, the team's vice president of strategic marketing and business operations, indicated the organization will support the players' decision:
Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we're fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I'm incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change— Alex Lasry (@AlexanderLasry) August 26, 2020
The Magic issued a statement of support, showing support for Wednesday's decision:
STATEMENT FROM THE ORLANDO MAGIC AND THE DeVOS FAMILY pic.twitter.com/jRZJmo1mq4— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) August 26, 2020
With the decision of those two teams made, the other NBA games that were supposed to play canceled their games as well.
All games officially took a stand and boycotted the rest of the day.
NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts on Player Protest and Postponement of Games pic.twitter.com/bjy6hpP9kU— NBPA (@TheNBPA) August 27, 2020
Hours later, the Bucks players come out of their locker room and officially make a statement.
The Milwaukee Bucks statement: pic.twitter.com/F7XOPs4NqE— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) August 26, 2020
Players from all over the NBA voiced their anger about wanting more change in the world, as well as showing support for the Bucks starting the movement.
WE WANT CHANGE!!— Josh Hart (@joshhart) August 26, 2020
As the day went on, conversations began to circulate about whether or not the NBA season will continue or be cancelled.
The Board of Governors set a meeting.
The NBA has scheduled a special Board of Governors meeting on Thursday morning, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
So far, speakers in the meeting of NBA players tonight: NBPA president Chris Paul, NBPA VP Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver and Clippers coach Doc Rivers, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
Before a packed room of teams in a hotel ballroom at Disney, the discussion is centering on whether to continue with the playoffs -- or end the season, sources tell ESPN. So far, there seems to be momentum not to play the three playoff games on Thursday, but nothing's decided.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
The Clippers and Lakers voting on perhaps not continuing with the season was considered more of a polling, than a final vote, sources tell ESPN. The resumption of the playoffs remains still up in the air.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
As Wednesday night was coming to a close, NBA players decided to reconvene in the morning-- sleep on it and see where everyone was at on Thursday.
Discussions on continuing season will extend into tomorrow, sources tell ESPN, but appears unlikely the three playoff games on Thursday will be played. "Everyone is still too emotional," one high-ranking source tells ESPN. "There needs to be more time to come together on this."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
The meeting is 11 AM -- coinciding with the timing of the NBA's Board of Governors call, per sources. https://t.co/U8NnY4QMPb— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
Thursday morning, conversations continued on how and if the NBA would restart.
Conversations have been ongoing throughout the morning among owners, league executives, coaches and players about how the league can restart these playoffs, sources tell ESPN. The players and Board of Governors have separate meetings set to start now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
As of the publishing of this article, it appears the NBA will resume play resume play Friday, but the expected return is this weekend.
The three NBA games that we supposed to be played today will be postponed, as well.
The resumption of playoff games could come as soon as Friday, but there is expected to be a return to this season by the weekend, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/A2PazNKDhy— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
Today's three playoff games will be postponed, source tells ESPN. Discussion underway on when teams will resume play. https://t.co/A2PazNKDhy— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
As the league and players come to an agreement on the return to play, a meeting with NBA owners and players is set to discuss ways to push forward more social justice issues and to not stay silent on those matters.
There is a meeting of NBA owners and players set for later today, sources tell @MarcJSpears and me. The discussion is expected to include plans of action moving forward on social justice issues.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
Things may appear to be heading back to normal, but NBA players have shown they are going to do everything they can to keep the conversation going on racial injustice in America.
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