BREAKING: Lakers, Clippers Vote To Boycott Remainder of 2020 Playoffs
The Milwaukee Bucks, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trail Blazers all boycotted their playoff games Wednesday in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Blake, a Black man, was shot in the back by police on Sunday as he tried to enter his vehicle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His shooting became the latest incident to prompt outrage nationwide over racial injustice and police brutality.
“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,” the NBA said in a statement. “Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.”
Following the boycotts, the league scheduled to hold a league-wide meeting.
Here is what came of it.
The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers have voted to boycott the NBA season during a meeting of players Wednesday evening in Orlando, according to sources, while most other teams voted to continue.