NBA players took a stand against police brutality and injustice on Wednesday by boycotting their games, and now some are willing to sit out the rest of the season for it.
According to NBA Insider Shams Charania, the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers have voted to boycott the remainder of the 2020 NBA season.
Without the Clippers and Lakers – the top two seeded teams in the Western Confernence – completing the 2020 season appears unlikely.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the vote by the Clippers and Lakers was more of a "poll" than a formal vote, and that the remainder of the season remains in limbo.
However, every team aside from the Lakers and Clippers voted, or "polled" to continue playing.
James reportedly demanded that owners be more involved and take action and left the meeting with the rest of the Lakers and Clippers behind him, according to Charania.
Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem spoke to the room and wondered how a season could continue without the Lakers and Clippers.
The players held a meeting at their hotel in Orlando on Wednesday following the decision to boycott Wednesday’s game in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake – an unarmed Black man who was shot seven times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Union president Chris Paul and vice president, Andre Iguodala, were part of the meeting, which ended “ugly,” according to NBA reporter David Aldridge.
The NBA Board of Governors is expected to meet on Thursday morning for a special meeting and the union will also be present, per Aldridge.
While owners have been mostly supportive of players, there are significant financial ramifications if players decide not to continue the season, which Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix expects to be reiterated to the union at the Board of Governors meeting on Thursday.
Wojnarowski also noted that among the themes discussed included the financial implications -- which includes a possible lockout next year -- and Paul stressing to the players to leave the meeting unified.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers also attended the meeting and spoke about using their platform, voting and holding police accountable.