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It's time for NBA owners to step up in wake of boycotts

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The scene in the NBA unfolded rapidly on Wednesday afternoon after the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott Game 5.

The originally slate of three scheduled NBA games have been postponed after boycotting their respective match-ups in protest of racial injustice and police brutality in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin over the weekend. Blake, a 29-year-old black man from Kenosha, Wisconsin, was shot in the back seven times by a white police officer.

Of those three games on Wednesday, the Portland Trail Blazers were scheduled to face the Los Angeles Lakers at 6 PM (PT). 

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The NBA was the first professional league to postpone all games on Wednesday, but soon after several other major leagues followed including the WNBA, MLS and MLB.

This was a powerful movement. But what needs to happen next?

NBA Insider for NBC Sports Tom Haberstroh joined Blazers Warm Up with Chad Doing and Dwight Jaynes on Wednesday to voice his opinion:

I think they have to keep pushing. One day is not going to solve this. I think the best thing they can do is look to their ownership. These are billionaires who have very strong influences in government, strong influences in the business side, and I think it can’t be up to the 300 hundred or 400 hundred players, it has to be a collective push by the entire NBA infrastructure. — Tom Haberstroh

 

[Listen to the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon and special guest Tristan Thompson].

This was a historic day, indeed, but it’s something that doesn’t just last 24 hours. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, there was a meeting held in the Disney Ballroom including players and coaching staffs to discuss the actions that will come next. Will the boycotts or the 2020 playoffs continue?

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Of the players who had a smilier opinion as Haberstroh regarding NBA owners, LeBron James who wants owners to be more involved and take action during this time.

You can watch more in the video above.