Bucks players don’t take court for NBA playoff game


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla .– NBA players made their strongest statement against racial injustice on Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks did not speak for their playoff game against the Orlando Magic.The teams were scheduled to start Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 p.m., with the Bucks needing a win to advance to the second round.

The players had discussed the boycott of bubble games after Jacob Blake, a black man, was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. More talks were expected on Wednesday, but even before that, the Bucks had apparently decided to act.

“Some things are more important than basketball,” Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted on Wednesday. “The position taken today by the players and (the organization) shows that we have had enough. Enough is enough. Change must happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we are 100% behind our players ready to help and make a real change. ”

The league has not said if the game is called off or if the Bucks will lose.

The magical player and the referees were on the floor for the game but Milwaukee never spoke. Eventually everyone left and the arena staff quickly picked up the balls, towels and tags that were on the players’ chairs inside.

The Magic-Bucks contest was the first of three games scheduled for Wednesday. They were to be followed by the Houston Rockets against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Portland Trail Blazers against the Los Angles Lakers.

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