NBA postpones all three games scheduled for today after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their game over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Other teams appeared likely to follow suit.
The teams were set to begin Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 p.m., with the Bucks needing a win to advance to the second round.
Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. More discussions were expected Wednesday, but even before that the Bucks apparently decided they would act.
“Some things are bigger than basketball,” Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted Wednesday. “The stand taken today by the players and (the organization) 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.”
All of Wednesday’s games are postponed, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Magic-Bucks contest was the first of three scheduled games. They were to be followed by Houston Rockets versus the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers against the Los Angles Lakers.