Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan reportedly has played a major role in maintaining communication between NBA players and owners as the league navigates multiple days of postponed games.
NBA players decided to sit out the NBA playoffs in protest on Wednesday, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks, who did not come out to the court for Game 5 of their first round series against the Orlando Magic. The Bucks were the first team to take a stand following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back in Kenosha.
The rest of the league followed suit and the final two games — between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers — were postponed that night. All three games scheduled for Thursday were also pushed back.
Following Wednesday’s events, meetings lasted late into the night as players considered whether to return to play and finish the season. At one point, the Lakers and Clippers voted against returning, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.