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Players vote to resume the 2020 NBA Playoffs... now what?

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The NBA players have voted to resume the 2020 NBA Postseason Thursday afternoon following a league-wide boycott ignited by the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to take the court for Game 5 of its series against Orlando.

ESPN'S Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the news.

https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1299012762002231299

But now what?

It appears that the league aims to resume NBA games on Friday which could get the NBA calendar back on track, albeit two days delayed. All games on Thursday have been postponed. 

https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1299013044933193729?s=20 

However, don't expect the league to proceed without acknowledging the racial injustice plaguing the country. 

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Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that at the players meeting Wednesday evening, all teams but the Los Angeles teams voted to resume the season. Among the leaders to cancel the season? LeBron James, the face of the NBA, who reportedly wants "owners to be more involved/take action," and walked out of the meeting. All Lakers and Clippers players followed him. 

Earlier this month, the NBA owners pledged to donate $300 million over the next ten years "to establish the first-ever NBA Foundation dedicated to creating greater economic empowerment in the Black community" in partnership with the NBA Player's Association. That amounts to each team pledging $1 million per year. 

 

Now, the morning after, Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports reported that LeBron James changed his mind to resume the NBA season. 

With the face of the league back on board, the NBA Player's Association wants to finish what they started, harkening back to a quote from a star player given to Haynes before Thursday's meeting.

But, the players will want to invoke real change in the country. Expect them to express those desires to the NBA owners, who have the wealth to make significant changes, at the meeting between the owners and two players per team, per Adrian Wojnarowski, Marc Spears and Tim Macmahon. 

 

Before deciding to resume the season, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported that the players would need to believe that playing in the bubble could help drive the fight against systemic racism. 

Now, with the players having decided to play out the season, expect those desires to be acted upon heading into the resumption of games.