After the vote, Lakers star LeBron James reportedly left the meeting with his teammates and members of the Clippers. Before leaving, James said he wanted to see more involvement and action from NBA team owners, according to Charania.
James also called on Commissioner Adam Silver to do more on social justice issues, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.
It’s unclear if the Clippers and Lakers plan to play the rest of their playoff games. However, all players plan to hold another meeting to discuss the fate of the playoffs on Thursday at 11 a.m. – at the same time as a scheduled call between the NBA board of governors, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. .
The vote took place at a players-only meeting inside the NBA complex in Orlando after several teams decided not to participate in Wednesday’s games in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The league has since postponed the games.
There also appears to be momentum not to play the three playoff games currently set for Thursday, although no decision has been made, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks and Clippers are currently scheduled to play Thursday.
Wednesday’s meeting was seen more as an informal poll than a final vote on the fate of the playoffs, according to Wojnarowski. However, it was said that it would have ended in an “ugly” way, a source told David Aldridge of The Athletic.
“It was moving. Heated, ”one player told Jeff Goodman of the Stadium. “It doesn’t look good right now, but we all hope everyone goes to sleep on it and maybe we can find out tomorrow because most of us still want to find a way to play. . “