By Arnie Leshin
Kind of like dominoes, first the National Basketball Association learned the Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted their game six playoff game against the Orlando Magic, and not long after the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets did the same following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white police officer in Kenosa, Wis.Tuesday.
That left only one scheduled game on today’s menu, and it’s questionable whether that game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trailblazers will also be boycotted. Then there’s the question of whether Orlando will win the boycotted game via a forfeit. As for the Oklahoma-Houston contest, it was reported that the two teams agreed on the boycott.
Will the NBA playoffs of this restarted shortened continue? That’s another question, do the players take the court again or remain in the “bubble” that includes all the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, but at the same time keeps these players and coaches apart from their families.
The Magic were on the court in pre-game practice when it learned of the Milwaukee boycott, cleared off their bench and left the arena. Workers had already cleared the Bucks’ bench.
More to come