The National Basketball Association season will continue on.
Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the players will play, but “want to find a new and improved way to make social justice statements.”
Sources: NBA players in meeting today agreed to continue playing this postseason — but want to find new and improved ways to make social justice statements. Players expect games to resume this weekend.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 27, 2020
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Thursday’s playoffs games will be postponed, but will be played sometime this weekend.
The resumption of playoff games could come as soon as Friday, but there is expected to be a return to this season by the weekend, sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/A2PazNKDhy— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 27, 2020
Both the Board of Governors and players met Thursday morning, although both meetings were held separately.
The news comes after Wednesday’s unprecedented day in sports history with the NBA, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and Women’s National Basketball Association postponed or boycotted games in the wake of a Jacob Blake, a Black man, being shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the weekend.
The NBA and the NBPA today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.— NBA (@NBA) August 26, 2020
Several MLB, MLS, and WNBA teams followed suit several hours later by postponing their matches.
After their game was postponed, the Thunder released a statement:
Statement from the OKC Thunder:— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) August 27, 2020
The Thunder respects and supports our players peacefully bringing awareness to the critical issues happening in our country. Our organization will continue to work relentlessly to create meaningful change.
The series is tied 2-2, with OKC winning two games in a row.