The NBA playoffs just got extra dramatic, even while no games are being played. After multiples teams cancelled tonight’s post-season games, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly voted not to continue the NBA season.
Sparked by the Milwaukee Bucks’ initial decision to boycott their game against the Orlando Magic in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake, the rest of the teams scheduled to play tonight chose to follow suit. Soon after that decision, it was revealed that the players would meet to discuss their next steps.
Per NBA reporter Shams Charania, while the Clippers and the Lakers were down to call it a season, all of the other assembled teams voted to continue. Reportedly, Udonis Haslem asked how could the season continue if both of LA’s teams bounced. That’s when LeBron James allegedly got up and walked out the meeting, with the rest of his team and the Clippers following him out.
According to sources, King James wants to see more action from NBA owners. According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, voting and police reform were a couple of the topics discussed in the meetings.
In the MLB, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds decided to cancel their game tonight, while the always progressive WNBA also postponed their games.
Considering that both the Clippers and Lakers both have shots at the NBA title, the stakes are very high. But just keep in mind, that all of this could be avoided if police officers would just stop shooting unarmed Black people.
It goes without saying that NBA Twitter is now in shambles and sharing all the opinions. Peep some of the most poignant below.
The Lakers and Clippers being the first to vote to strike, and the Raptors and Bucks reportedly being some of the loudest voices in the room, speaks to the scale of this. Those with the most to lose putting it all on the line.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) August 27, 2020
How LeBron leading the Lakers and Clippers out the bubble pic.twitter.com/uTQpZDfZEX— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) August 27, 2020
3. The Accuracy
Lakers and clippers both voting to boycott the season pic.twitter.com/I4WIe1vTBy— kyle/Free agent nba fan (@knicks_tape99) August 27, 2020
Bucks: We're Boycotting today's game for justice for Jacob Blake— Abraham ♱ (@Abe24__) August 27, 2020
Lakers and Clippers: We need to Boycott the season
5. There’s always a cantankerous hater.
The Lakers and Clippers have voted to boycott the NBA season. Great! No one wants to watch these millionaire morons tell us how "awful" our country is. They are bought by China and a disgrace to America!— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 27, 2020
"The Bucks players are workers who shut down their workplace with a strike. Workers everywhere can do the same." This is why "boycott" and "postpone" and "cancel" are preferred language. The Lakers and Clippers STRIKING to end the season is a real threat to power. https://t.co/h4pL2o3bP8— Kitanya Harrison 🇯🇲 🇯🇲 🐘 (@kitanyaharrison) August 27, 2020
The Lakers and Clippers both have legit chances to win it all this year. The fact that both teams are willing to give that up to make a stand gets insane respect.— Imagine Liking Sports In This Economy (@RealMamaEagle) August 27, 2020
With the Lakers and Clippers coming together in this way, I hope the two fanbases can find a way to do the same.— Joey Linn (@joeylinn_) August 27, 2020
This isn’t the time to debate who would’ve won a series between the two, but rather to stand behind the players and recognize this is bigger than basketball.
Sources to @YahooSports: Board of governors meeting scheduled for 11 AM ET. So the Clippers and Lakers power move is giving the owners a timeline on a plan— Vincent Goodwill (@VinceGoodwill) August 27, 2020