After meeting Thursday morning in Orlando, NBA players have decided to resume the remainder of the 2020 NBA playoffs following Wednesday’s decision to boycott all Game 5 series games, which included Wednesday night’s Trail Blazers and Lakers game.
Despite the decision to resume, there will be no games Thursday.
The players' decision to resume play ultimately came down to sacrifices already made to make the NBA bubble come to life.
The players' message is clear:
The time is now for change and they feel it is in everyone's best interest to stay in Orlando and continue to use their platforms to continue the social justice movement.
So, when will games resume? It sounds like Friday is a possibility.
Prior to the meeting, the NBA’s Coaches Association released this statement Wednesday 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...
Due to the recent shooting of Jacob Blake and two protesters in Wisconsin following the shooting of Blake has sparked fresh outrage among the NBA community leading to their decision to not play in any playoff games Wednesday night.
And just as the NBA led in halting professional sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league once again is the leader in taking a stand together to fight for social justice.
But after meeting as a group they have decided that they can do so while still continuing the playoffs.
The players will reportedly hold another meeting later today.
As Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting, the players and NBA owners will discuss plans of action moving forward on social justice issues.
This story is developing.