The NBA restart at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to crown a 2019-20 champion could experience severe delays or be canceled.
Three games scheduled to take place on Wednesday were postponed after the Milwaukee Bucks remained in their locker room ahead of a Game 5 contest versus the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee's decision to boycott that game came in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot at least seven times by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.
Blake survived the shooting but is reportedly paralyzed.
Contests involving the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trail Blazers were also called off.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted today's developments may be the beginning of a larger movement:
Every NBA player is invited to join the meeting in The Bubble at 8 PM to discuss how they'll proceed from today's boycotts, sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
Emotions are raw, players were already worn out of bubble environment prior to the Jacob Blake shooting and sources say discussions within teams are ongoing about postponing tomorrow's three games too -- and beyond. "The season is in jeopardy," one vet player here tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
Tonight's meeting with players will go a long way toward determining how the players will move forward with rest of season, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 26, 2020
Currently, Thursday's NBA schedule exists as:
Denver Nuggets vs. Utah Jazz: 4:00 pm ET
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors: 6:30 pm
Decisions and announcements on those games could be made late Wednesday night.
Previously, members of the Raptors and Celtics had discussed boycotting Thursday's outing.
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports added "a sizable amount of players" still wish to play:
Yahoo Sources: There’s a sizable amount of players advocating to finish the season out since sacrifices were made to enter the bubble, believing the NBA platform is a useful resource in this social climate.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 26, 2020