The message was heard but clearly not taken seriously. So the NBA players boycotted the playoffs while sending a stronger statement: These games don’t matter unless Black Lives Matter.
The shocking move was jumpstarted by the Milwaukee Bucks, who were scheduled for an afternoon tipoff in Orlando, Fla., but never showed up on the court. Instead, their opponent — the Orlando Magic — warmed up per usual while Milwaukee remained in the locker room. When it became clear the Bucks weren’t arriving, the Magic players walked off and the game was postponed. It shocked referees and broadcasters on NBA TV, who were all preparing for that Game 5.
Within an hour, all of Thursday games were postponed, including the Rockets vs. Thunder and Blazers vs. Lakers.
“F--- THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT,” LeBron James tweeted Wednesday.