Looks like we have our answers about whether or not the Lakers are going to play tonight…
We’ll update this as things develop.
The Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to boycott game 5 of the NBA Finals over the unjust shooting of unarmed shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The game was set to start at 4pm EST today but at this time none of the players have taken the court.
Rumblings began earlier today that the Toronto Raptors were considering boycotting their game against the Brooklyn Nets but no official word has come down. According to NBA insider Ric Bucher, the Bucks made this decision without consulting the NBA or their opponent in the Orlando Magic.
The city of Kenosha is only a 45-minute drive from Milwaukee and it stands to reason that folks in Milkwaukee are in as much pain over this most recent shooting as those in their neighboring city. We suspect that someone from the Bucks will soon by making a statement about their decision but it’s safe to assume that the team feels that Jacob Blake and the issue of police brutality take precedent over a game.
It’s incredibly disheartening that we still continue to watch our brothas and sistas be abused by the authorities that OUR government has deputized to protect the public. Well, most of the public…
Several questions now loom large over the rest of the “bubble”. Will the Bucks sit-out the rest of the playoffs? Will the other teams play tonight? Tthe Thunder and Rockets are scheduled to play at 6:30pm EST and Lakers and Trailblazers are scheduled to play tonight at 9pm EST. What or who do the boycotting players want to affect by sitting out?
The NBA’s new mantra for the bubble has been “A Whole New Game”. Well, the game has now changed again.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens, and Jamie Dinan have issued a statement in solidarity with the players.
The Bucks themselves have also released a statement that they read live on-air.
Here’s a recap from The Fumble on the latest Milwaukee Bucks update.