In one dramatic scene, LeBron James allegedly led the Lakers and Clippers out of the room, while Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem argued the season couldn’t go on without them, according to Charania. The meeting ended “ugly” according to David Aldridge of The Athletic.
To open the moving reunion, the players spoke with the family of Jacob Blake, the man from Kenosha, Wisconsin, who was shot seven times in the back by police on Sunday, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. At the moment, there are no concrete plans to move forward, but at a minimum, it looks like Thursday’s playoff games will be postponed, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.
Earlier today, in response to Blake’s shooting and the deaths of two protesters from vigilante violence on Tuesday night, the Milwaukee Bucks chose not to speak for Game 5 of their premier playoff series. ride with the Orlando Magic. Shortly after, the rest of the day’s games were postponed. Although players in the league support social media, there has reportedly been frustration over how they have blinded the rest of the league, according to Charania.
The NBA will hold a special Board of Governors meeting on Thursday morning where discussions on continuing the season will continue. Additionally, players will be hosting another meeting at the same time, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The emotions being strong, the players could not take any collective decision Wednesday evening. The hope is that Thursday’s meeting will be more productive now that everyone has had the opportunity to voice their feelings and frustrations with the way things are going, both in the bubble and in the country at large. .
“There was a lot of emotion in the meeting rather than finding a solution, but I think tomorrow will be better,” an unnamed player told veteran journalist Jeff Goodman. “I’m convinced we’ll play, but tomorrow is a great meeting. “