A highly-anticipated all-hands-on-deck meeting ended with NBA players deciding to continue 2019-20 the playoffs, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday morning.
The three games scheduled for Thursday — Celtics-Raptors, Nuggets-Jazz and Clippers-Mavericks — are expected to be postponed.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania added that the NBA is targeting a Friday return.
Discussions on the fate of the 2019-20 season had reportedly been ongoing since the Milwaukee Bucks opted not to take the floor for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic Wednesday afternoon, sparking boycotts across the American sports landscape. Those boycotts were in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. Sunday.
Multiple outlets reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers voted to boycott the remainder of the season Wednesday night, with a point of contention being the owners contributing more to the fight against racial injustice. The NBA Board of Governors met Thursday morning.
ESPN’s Tim McMahon added that there will be another player meeting, with two representatives per team, later Thursday.