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Teams Divided on Whether 2020 NBA Playoffs Should Continue

LeBron James and other playoffs participants try to decide whether they’ll play in the face of racial unrest.

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The 2020 NBA Playoffs may not continue, as some NBA teams are beginning to indicate that they are ready to walk away from the Orlando bubble. All teams scheduled to play games today elected not to take the court. This evening, participating teams gathered to discuss the road forward. According to multiple reports, some teams are voting to end the season.

The walkout comes as an extension of nationwide protests over systemic violence against black Americans, rekindled by the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Milwaukee Bucks were the first team to remain in their locker room instead of taking the floor today, followed quickly by their opponents, the Orlando Magic. As the day wore on, other teams followed.

National media are beginning to report on the results of the evening gathering. According to those reports, votes were divided.

The NBA Board of Governors has called a special meeting for Thursday morning to discuss the matter.

We’ll post more on the story as it becomes available.

Update 8:10 PM Pacific

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN indicates that Thursday’s slate of playoffs games will probably not happen.

Update 8:13 PM

Analyst Jeff Goodman relays this:

Update 8:18 PM

Update 9:23 PM

Lots of people are tweeting fragments that may or may not add to the story (and frankly may or may not be solid interpretations). Wojnarowski has the best summary: