NBA playoff games postponed, Bucks boycott game to protest shooting of Jacob Blake
In a statement, the Bucks players made this decision in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisc., ultimately deciding that they wouldn't leave the locker room for the start of Game 5 against Orlando.
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ORLANDO — The NBA has postponed all three of its playoff games on Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks did not take the court for Game 5 of their series against the Orlando Magic. The Bucks players made this decision in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisc.
Less than an hour later, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets walked out of the arena where their Game 5 was going to be played to protest as well. The game between the Portland Trailblazers and Los Angeles Lakers was postponed soon after that as well.
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.”
The league has not said if the game is called off, or if the Bucks would forfeit.
Magic player and referees were on the floor for the game but Milwaukee never took the floor. Eventually everyone else left and the arena staff soon took the balls, towels and tags that go on player chairs back inside.