Nurse: Some Raptors have pondered leaving bubble following Jacob Blake shooting
Aug 27 2020
"The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association 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 - Bucks vs".
The Trail Blazers and Lakers followed suit shortly after, as well. The NBA said all three games would be rescheduled, yet did not say when.
Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The Magic were seen on the court throwing some practice shots, but according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucksstayed in their locker room and said they would not come out.
Each NBA team still assembled in Florida has spoken as a group about the Blake shooting and everything, including boycotting games, has entered the discussion.
Several NBA players, including LeBron James, tweeted out messages demanding change and the Boston Celtics' official Twitter account did the same.
TMJ4's Lance Allan reported that neither team was on the floor as the pregame countdown clock hit zero.
The Oklahoma City Thunder, which includes Kiwi centre Steven Adams, and Houston Rockets then reportedly chose to boycott Game 5 of their series, which was due to tip-off following the Bucks-Magic clash.
Games between Milwaukee and Orlando, Houston and Kiwi Steven Adams' Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland have been called off.
In comments posted less than a half-hour before the game was scheduled to start, the Bucksshared video on social media of Coach Mike Budenholzer discussing how his team feels about the police shooting.
"It is a great challenge to have an appreciation and a desire to want change". However, it is still unknown whether this game will be played.
"Would it be nice in a flawless world we all said we're not playing and the owner of the Milwaukee Bucks - that's going to trickle down", addedVanVleet, noting that the shooting took place in Wisconsin.
VanVleet said not playing could motivate the right people.
"I think it's being talked about", Powell said. I still care about what's going on outside in the world. I'm just happy by the grace of God that Jacob Blake is still alive, because the police who shot him, that wasn't their intention.
"It's on all of us to actually stand up and demand things". Right now we're not seeing any of that. At what point do we not have to speak about it any more?