According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers have voted to boycott the rest of the season. This is a informal vote, however, according to ESPN. This comes after a meeting was held in a hotel ballroom inside of the bubble. The entire league voted but both Los Angeles teams were the only ones that didn’t choose to continue.
During the meeting, LeBron James mentioned he wants owners to be more involved and to take action, per Shams Charania. The meeting apparently ended “ugly” according to David Aldridge of The Athletic, as LeBron James led the Lakers and the Clippers out of the room.
Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported, “The NBA players have another meeting set for Thursday morning in the bubble to continue the discussion on how they’ll proceed with the playoffs.” Another meeting was needed after the players could not make a mutual agreement.
The NBA decided to postpone all three games that were scheduled to take place on August 26th, after the Milwaukee Bucks chose to boycott their game vs. the Orlando Magic. This action was in response to the Jacob Blake shooting that took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, about 45 minutes away from Milwaukee.
The Bucks made the following statement after choosing not to play, “We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers to be held accountable. For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measured to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform. We encourage all citizens to educate themselves, take peaceful and responsible action, and remember to vote on Nov. 3.”
Many teams outside of the NBA also took action after the Bucks. The Brewers decided to not play their game vs. the Cincinnati Reds. Five MLS games were also postponed. Look for Thursday’s NBA games to be postponed as well.