After the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic decided to boycott their playoff game in protest of continuing police brutality against Black people following the shooting of Jacob Blake, the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder quickly followed suit. Now, the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers will join them: They will not play in Game 5 of their first round series. The NBA is officially saying the games are postponed, although whether they’ll ever be rescheduled remains to be seen.
This is officially a huge moment for both the NBA, and potentially, the country as a whole.
There are now legitimate questions about whether or not the NBA playoffs will continue, but those are far from the most crucial thing right now, and I’m not going to sit here and speculate on the answers. We just don’t know.
You know what we do know? That the NBA players you root for and follow every single game are hurting. That is the thing that everyone reading the blog or who has ever cared one iota about this game needs to hear right now.