8:45pm PST UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the players will meet again in the bubble Thursday morning at 8:00am PST to continue the discussions on how they will proceed with the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
Professional sports leagues around the country followed the NBA's lead on Wednesday, taking a stand against police brutality and social unrest in America and postponing scheduled games. The movement, which started early in the afternoon, lasted long into the night where the NBA and its players met to discuss what to do next.
The meeting took place to discuss whether or not play will continue in the Orlando bubble.
According to multiple reports, both the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers have voted to boycott the remainder of the 2020 NBA playoffs.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers and Clippers are the only two teams to have voted to be done with the playoffs.
But, that wasn’t all that was addressed.
Several issues including voting and police reform were discussed, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, who added that if the players don’t feel that the NBA is able to come up with a solid plan that can deliver on these issues, the season would be over.
NBA players are sending a message and it is being delivered loud and clear.
NBPA president Chris Paul, NBPA VP Andre Iguodala, along with Milwaukee Bucks veteran Kyle Korver and Clippers coach Doc Rivers were a few of the night’s key speakers early in the meeting, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum reportedly was calling for “a plan of action,” while Chris Paul wanted to make sure the players left the meeting “unified” as the NBPA discussed the financial implications for this season and beyond if the NBA was to end the season right now.
McCollum wasn't the only Trail Blazers player to speak up. Both Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony reportedly made sure their voices were heard as well.
The vote by the Lakers and Clippers comes on the heels of the players and league deciding to go on strike following the postponement of playoff games including the Trail Blazers and Lakers Game 5.
As Wojnarowski reports the vote was more of a "polling" rather than a final vote.
It was the Milwaukee Bucks who first demonstrated the work stoppage. The NBA quickly backed its players’ decision to not take the court.
Prior to Wednesday evening’s meeting, the NBA’s Coaches Association released this statement in showing their support of the league’s players:
The NBA coaches support our players 100 percent. The restart happened largely because of the platform it provided. The baseless shootings of Jacob Blake and other black men and women by law enforcement underscores the need for action...
But after an hour and a half into discussions among the players and NBA officials, NBA coaches were reportedly asked to step out of the Disney’s hotel ballroom so that the players could further their discussions according to ESPN reports.
Now that the players and league officials have met, it’s time for the NBA owners to converse. The NBA Board of Governors will reportedly hold a meeting Thursday morning in Orlando.
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