Some things are bigger than basketball.
That message was heard loud and clear throughout the country Wednesday when the Bucks refused to play Game 5 of their first-round series with the Magic. The remaining two playoff games scheduled that night were postponed as players demanded change following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI.
Many questioned their thinking, whether their protest would make a difference or if it was worth potentially sacrificing the rest of the 2019-20 season to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice. As Wizards guard Troy Brown Jr. alluded to in an impactful tweet Thursday afternoon, the issue at hand is bigger than the game.
"I’d rather risk it all... than play it safe," Brown wrote.
Brown isn't the first Wizards player to take to social over these issues. John Wall offered a similar message shortly after it was learned that Game 5 of Bucks vs. Magic wasn't going to be played, while Bradley Beal commended Kenny Smith for walking off the TNT set Wednesday night in support of the players.
The players have reportedly agreed to resume the playoffs as early as Friday, and while details of their or the league's plan to combat racial inequality, there will be a reported meeting later Thursday with two players representing each team.
Since resuming the 2019-20 season in Orlando, players have worn social justice statements on the backs of their jerseys, knelt during the national anthem and played on a court that reads "Black Lives Matter" across the top of it.
However, as evidence of the players' actions over the last 24 hours, more must be done.