The rest of the NBA playoffs appear to be teetering after the Milwaukee Bucks made the unprecedented decision to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series against the Orlando Magic. The NBA cancelled the other two games slated for Wednesday.
The Miami Heat released a statement, saying that the franchise supports the NBA players’ decision to boycott.
During a meeting of NBA players Wednesday night to discuss next steps, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers voted to boycott the season, with most other teams voting to continue. Udonis Haslem of the Heat asked how the playoffs could continue without the Western Conference’s top two seeds.
Sources: Miami's Udonis Haslem spoke and essentially told everyone in room that -- without Lakers and Clippers, how will season continue?— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 27, 2020
LeBron James walked out. Rest of Lakers and Clippers exited behind him.
Andre Iguodala, who is the National Basketball Players Association first vice president, spoke during a call with reporters after a Heat practice yesterday, just a few hours before the Bucks boycotted their game.
“When you talk about boycotting a game, everyone’s antenna goes up and now everyone wants to pay attention,” Iguodala said following Wednesday afternoon’s practice, a few hours before the Bucks made the decision to boycott their game. “It’s sad that you have to make threats like that — I shouldn’t say threats — but you have to be willing to sacrifice pay checks or sacrifice corporate money for people to realize that there’s a big problem going on out there and we need to pay more attention to it, we got to continue to address it.
Both the NBA players and the Board of Governors have scheduled meetings for 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss how they’ll proceed.