After lengthy meetings on Wednesday night, NBA players met again Thursday morning to decide the fate of the season. The players voted in favor of resuming the playoffs, despite the issues of social injustice that had caused the players and then the league to cancel games on August 26th and 27th.
The Bucks’ decision not to play Wednesday led to the postponement of all three playoff games that day. The NBA announced Thursday morning that it would postpone the three playoff games scheduled to be played later that day. They involved Denver vs. Utah, Boston vs. Toronto, and LA Clippers vs Dallas.
NBA executive vice president Mike Bass announced the decision to postpone Thursday’s games in a statement:
“There is a video conference call meeting scheduled later this afternoon between a group of NBA players and team governors representing the 13 teams in Orlando, along with representatives from the National Basketball Players Association and the league office and NBA Labor Relations Committee Chairman Michael Jordan, to discuss next steps.”
The exact date for resumption of the playoffs and what will happen next, are expected to be announced soon. It’s further expected that an action plan to address racial injustice issues will be included.
NBA legend Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the only Black majority owner in the NBA, has become an important liaison between the owners and players, sources have said. He spoke with Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook ahead of the meetings. He also played a significant role in the discussion between the players and owners on the continuation of the season.