Basketball Games Today: Why They Are Being Postponed

The recent Black Lives Matter protests peaked on June 6, when half a million people turned up in nearly 550 locations across the United States. That was a single day in over a month of protests which continue to this day.

Black Lives Matter has been around since 2013, but there has only recently been a significant change in public sentiment on the campaign and broader support for recent demonstrations. A deluge of available support for Black Lives Matter from groups such as the NFL and NASCAR may also have inspired people who would usually sit on the sidelines, to get involved.

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Basketball Games Today: Why They Are Being Postponed
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Overview

The Breonna Taylor and George Floyd police shootings have galvanized anti-racism demonstrations across the U.S., Canada, and abroad. As a result, lawmakers made vows to withdraw from police departments, and school districts cut ties with law enforcement. 

In this changing public discourse, the mobilization of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and its disruptive methods of protest have played a significant role.

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The movement amplifies awareness and counter-discourses, which claim Black communities’ identities and needs.

NBA Teams Shedding Light on Social Justice

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2019-20 NBA season went on a hiatus on March 11. The NBA’s Board of Governors on June 4 approved a competitive format for the 2019-20 season’s comeback with 22 teams returning to play and a July 30 start date.

On June 26, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association finalized a comprehensive plan for a July 30 restart to the 2019-20 season, including strict health and safety protocols in a campus at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the goal of taking action to promote social justice.

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Cue Boycotts

The playoffs have come to a halt once again as the movement entered a different stage when the NBA eventually saw games postponed on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday due to boycotts by players and the teams.

The boycotts began with the Milwaukee Bucks not leaving their locker room for the game against the Magic on Wednesday. The players have decided to use the arena to shed light on social justice issues. The teams scheduled for playoffs followed suit. 

In the late afternoon, other men’s leagues were also postponed. The NHL postponed two playoff games on Thursday and another set on Friday in Toronto and Edmonton following a formal request from the Hockey Diversity Alliance to postpone Thursday’s games.

Why Are They Boycotting? 

A video released Sunday night showed police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooting Jacob Blake seven times in the back. Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was trying to get into his SUV, where he allegedly had three kids (ages 3, 5, and 8) inside. Ben Crump, attorney for the Blake family, said Blake is crippled, and it will “take a miracle” for him to walk again.

The Bucks had felt an obligation to step up and seek action since the shooting took place in Milwaukee.

North American pro athletes also attempted to get the opportunity to utilize the sports arena for social justice reform on Thursday when many games were postponed to provide time to reflect on recent events. NBA got things started by waiting for its playoff games slate for a second day, including the second-round opener between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics.

Is the NBA Season 2020 Still Happening?

Yes. Players have agreed to start the season again. A total of 22 teams will return to play this season, which includes the following.

Eastern Conference

  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Toronto Raptors
  • Boston Celtics
  • Miami Heat
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • Orlando Magic
  • Washington Wizards

Western Conference

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • LA Clippers
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Utah Jazz
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Houston Rockets
  • Dallas Mavericks
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Sacramento Kings
  • San Antonio Spurs
  • Phoenix Suns
Basketball Games Today: Why They Are Being Postponed
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Conclusion

In an official statement, the league said on Saturday, August 28, games will be played. There was, however, no official schedule issued.

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