Bucks-Magic, Rockets-Thunder, Lakers-Trail Blazers Game 5s postponed amid boycotts
What will happen in the NBA’s other playoff games scheduled for today, Rockets-Thunder and Lakers-Trail Blazers?
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
It’s hard to see when this ends.
Racism is a deep problem. It will not be solved quickly. That’s frustrating but also reality.
What demands do players have for ending their boycotts? Perhaps, those demands can be met soon. Perhaps not.
If not, which teams would play next? There’s pressure on every player now to maintain this boycott.
How long will owners operate this expensive bubble if players aren’t playing games to produce revenue? Will players still get paid through this boycott? They are violating the Collective Bargaining Agreement by refusing to play.
Expect NBA commissioner Adam Silver to try to find compromise that involves the league – and its players – continuing to make money. That’s what he does.
But players are showing a newfound fearlessness in advocating for change. If this turns into just a few days of postponed games before the playoffs resume, I’m not sure what that accomplishes. Players are concerned about distracting from the push for racial justice. That push will be ongoing tomorrow… and next week… and next year… and….