NBA season is suddenly on the brink

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The NBA has managed to navigate the coronavirus, thanks to a hard bubble that has held up well in Orlando. That bubble, however, is on the verge of bursting.

If it happens, it will be due not to COVID-19 but to the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, by police in Wisconsin. Blake absorbed seven bullets to the back at close range, and he reportedly is permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

In response to the shooting, the Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted tonight’s playoff game, Game Five, against the Orlando Magic.

We’re tired of the killings and the injustice,” Bucks guard George Hill told Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com’s The Undefeated. There is talk of other boycotts, with the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly planning to boycott, as well. CNN has reported that no NBA games will be played today.

It’s unclear what the consequences of a boycotted playoff game is. The Magic reportedly are refusing to accept a forfeit in response to the Bucks’ decision to not play.

Meanwhile, Lakers star LeBron James has tweeted this blunt and strong message to his 47 million followers: “FUCK THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”

It feels like it’s just a matter of time before players start leaving the NBA bubble for good, bringing the postseason to a halt and likely to an end. Which leads to this question: What will happen in the NFL?

On Tuesday, the Lions canceled practice due to the Jacob Blake shooting. With the NBA potentially on the verge of seeing the entire collapse of their season in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, it could very easily spread to other American sports.

Last month, Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle said, “Sports are like the reward of a functioning society.” Doolittle’s comments were made in reference to our national inability to get the pandemic under control. The shooting of Jacob Blake underscores the reality that our current dysfunction isn’t confined to the issue of public health.

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. ET: The NBA has announced that all three of Wednesday’s games, each Game Fives, have been postponed and that the games will be “rescheduled.” It’s unclear when the games will be played, or if the players will agree to play them any time soon.

50 responses to “NBA season is suddenly on the brink

  1. Unless you are a person of color (as I am) and a victim or potential victim don’t tell us how to protest.

  2. I see this mentality spilling over into the NFL. This season will be a disaster. But I guess that’s what you get when you employ spoiled millionaires who have nothing to lose.

  3. Sports are a reward? HA! Try that line when your league is shut down for no income. Rubber meets the road when big talkers go broke.

  4. Ridiculous. If the NBA commissioner supports this move by the players than they may as well shut down the league permanently. Players need to play. They have their activist messages on unis. Their stance is well known. What good will not playing do? Totally absurd.

  5. Don’t walk away from cops who have their gun drawn on you and reach into your car.

    Put your hands up and respectfully obey their commands.

  6. All about the NHL now. Hope their ratings continue to skyrocket. Watch the NHL! Boycott the NBA!

  7. Let’s defend a multi felon armed with a knife who said he was going to his car to get a gun. Suicide by cop. But its the cops fault?? Why are we sticking up for these criminals who can’t follow rules. There are consequences for actions.

  8. Once their pay is affected the tune will change. NBA is a player run league so they can take this stance. NFL is not as player friendly so I don’t see it spilling over

  9. Buh Bye… Deciding not to play a game that you will get paid for anyway is hardly heroic. Talk to me when these guys quit and give their money to all these groups out there and start living in these communities where the violence is. Right now, tweeting outrage knowing you are going back to your multi million dollar homes behind gates is not exactly MLK material. You want change? Put your ample money where your mouths are.

  10. When Detroit canceled practice, the comments were full with people saying skipping practice was meaningless. I even remember one person who specifically said he would know the players were serious when they skipped a game. So now that the Bucks are doing that, guess what, people are saying they’ve gone too far. It seems like maybe, just maybe, some people wouldn’t be happy with any type of protest.

  11. Do these players know that Mr Jacobs had a warrant out for his arrest on sexual assault on a 14 year old girl and disorderly conduct charges? No because that doesn’t fit the narrative right?

  12. The NBA was the first league to stop playing because of Covid-19 and probably by that action alone saved many lives. NHL followed suit. Unlike the NFL it appears the NBA are leaders not followers.

  13. The cops executed this guy in broad daylight and the video is grotesque. The shooter should get life in prison just like the black man who was executed who so many of you seem to despise would have gotten if he had murdered someone

  14. HagemeisterPark says:
    August 26, 2020 at 5:15 pm

    Let’s defend a multi felon armed with a knife who said he was going to his car to get a gun. Suicide by cop. But its the cops fault?? Why are we sticking up for these criminals who can’t follow rules. There are consequences for actions.

    ^^^^^^^^^

    Whether that’s true or not — and I do not believe it is true — are you saying that warrants seven bullets in the back? Fired at an auto in which his kids are seated? Sure sounds like it.

  15. footballpat says:

    August 26, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Unless you are a person of color (as I am) and a victim or potential victim don’t tell us how to protest.
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    Comments like these are part of the problem. You want to silence other people’s voices but then want those same people to help you make change. How are they going to help you make a change if their not allowed to comment on a situation?

  16. Sorry, policing is hard and dangerous, but shooting people who have NOT produced a gun just can’t be the line we follow. Taser? Yes, but don’t then choke him to death. Shooting 7 times in the back? That is pretty much murder. No, I wouldn’t play a game to entertain people either. This is ridiculous. And the comments here are ridiculous too, for the most part.

  17. I imagine Trump donor NBA owners like Tilman Fertitta (Houston Rockets) and James Buss (Lakers) will be thrilled at this greater stride towards social justice etc.

  18. The lies just stack up, don’t they. No knife, no gun, very little else to use to make this man out to be anything but a regular guy. Except he’s black. So anything goes – including shooting him in the back.

  19. Tragedies and injustices happen everyday around the world not just this country. And life goes on. You can stop playing after all you’ve gone through this far and then not get paid, but to think you actually have the power to overcome each and every instance of inequality, injustice, and tragedy in this world by simply not playing a game? A majority of people around the world are not even sports fans let alone basketball fans. Play, don’t play, but the world goes on with or without you.

  20. The black community needs people like LeBron to make change happen, not just tweet about it and expect somebody else to create the solution

  21. Look at it from this stand point. The officers were aware of his past, his warrants, his threats etc. When hes ordered to stop and stand still, why on earth go to a vehicle with your hands out of sight after threatening harm to someone? I mean really, any person would have this happen to them. Sadly, if it were a woman they would not be shot, but a man of any color would get shot after this. I cannot fathom why he would make those types of threats towards officers and than turn his back and go to his vehicle where he proclaimed he had a weapon? Like really?

  22. footballpat says:
    August 26, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    Unless you are a person of color (as I am) and a victim or potential victim don’t tell us how to protest.
    ——————-
    I would think we could politely ask to not have our cities destroyed. Most people are against any person being killed. Politely respond when asked by an officer and generally all turns out well.

  23. The people that are made martyrs is truly astounding. The NFL is going to take a hit this year due to Covid and protesting and if the players decide not to play, the league will take a huge hit that they may not be able to come back from. The NBA ratings have already not been good. We need something to unite us and sports is that. Please just play sports and stop being political. Be political before and after the game, but not during the game.

  24. People are tone deaf if you think its excusable to shoot someone in the back SEVEN times. Give the cops rubber bullets. The behavior just wont change, so fix the problem with engineered controls.

  25. Great decision…..

    All this for a guy with an open warrant, who then fought with police, and who the cops believed acquired a weapon from his vehicle.

    Good job NBA…..

  26. stexan says:
    August 26, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    The lies just stack up, don’t they. No knife, no gun, very little else to use to make this man out to be anything but a regular guy. Except he’s black. So anything goes – including shooting him in the back.

    ————————–
    Yeah, that and the violent criminal history and the arrest warrant for a sexual assault.

  27. If the NBA players refuse to play, hit them in the wallets. Fine them whatever the game is worth. If they still refuse to play, bring in replacement players. There are plenty of players out there that would love to crack an NBA roster and potentially make millions.

  28. correctingerrors says:
    August 26, 2020 at 7:16 pm
    bhcpaul: you misread protest as riot. There is a huge difference.
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    Not really, most of these cities and the news are still reporting the riots as peaceful protests.

  29. Fold all the professional leagues. Let the players become social workers. There will be a high demand after the police is abolished……

  30. Good on them. I support this move! It’s funny but to see how many of my co-workers and friends lost their minds over the “oppression” of having to wear masks. They whined about their liberties to no end but when people of color speak out against actual injustice that they have been subjected to on a consistent basis, it becomes a non-issue. We really need to take a look at ourselves and decide if we truly are who we say we are as a country (*hint-we aren’t yet). We didn’t want them taking a knee, we don’t want them protesting games. Based on the responses from people who I’m guessing look like me, I’m guessing you have more of an issue with the color of the protestors skin than anything else. Personally, I support them and their call for justice in the hopes that America can and will be better…for all.

  31. If you’re more upset about athletes boycotting a playoff game than you are about the death, division and discrimination in our society….your priorities are screwed up.

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