Players in the meeting argued that it puts these teams in a difficult position. Failure to follow suit would have suggested dissent in the union ranks, but the union couldn’t prepare properly without first knowing what the Bucks ultimately decided to do.
Bucks goalie George Hill said he sparked the conversation to think it over during the pre-game, according to Athletic’s Shams Charania. Bucks forward Kyle Korver later apologized to fellow players on behalf of his team for their handling of the situation, according to Athletic’s Sam Amick.
NBA union and ownership are now determining what to do for the remainder of the season. The league’s board of governors will meet on Thursday morning to discuss next steps, and the players, already meeting Wednesday night, will do so again at the same time. Although their final solution remains unknown, the atmosphere of Wednesday’s meeting was described by several journalists as moving. Given the frustration over Milwaukee’s more sudden move, anything decided on Thursday or beyond will likely be measured and result in something that looks like a union consensus.