In the hours following the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to drop their playoff game against Orlando Magic, there was a whirlwind of social media coverage. This decision closed the entire NBA playoffs for (at least) two days. Much of those rumors centered on how Lakers star LeBron James reacted to the events.
Initially, it was revealed that James voted not to continue the season because he did not believe NBA owner groups are doing enough to help the blacks and that his election had led the entire Lakers team to oppose the continuation Vote playoffs. The next day, it emerged that James had gone through a change of heart and was now “on board”
Yahoo Sports ‘Chris Haynes, who is as affiliated with James’ camp as any NBA insider, posted a report on the past 48 hours late Thursday night that cleared up some confusion, including disclosing the specific reason James was wild about her unplanned game Strikes with the dollars was irritated:
LeBron James was one of the many players who also resented the bucks’ handling of the situation. For him and so many others it put them in a no-win situation.
His frustration with Hill and the Bucks was that the players did not have a plan of action that would justify the players to play again. According to sources, James’ mindset was that if they refuse to play what is the endgame and what are the requirements to continue?
On the one hand, sometimes the strongest protests are those that are not planned or that do not go through an army of lawyers such as the union employs. The goats’ actions met with a response because no one had expected it, not because it was a pre-approved gesture of objection.
On the other hand, it’s easy to see where James is from. The players are all part of a union and any action they theoretically would have taken should have been taken as a unit. The rest of the teams apparently joined in in solidarity with the Bucks, but James also felt clearly that they didn’t have much of a choice and was forced into a stalemate they disagreed with, with no plan for what they would achieve wanted to .
And given that things already started in such an emotional place – and that James and the rest of the players in the bubble were still clearly hurting everything that was going on outside of it – it may not be surprising what happened next (via Haynes). ::
With emotion everywhere, Haslem squeezed James and asked the star what he was up to, reminding him that he was the face of the league and that it would go on as he said.
James then said, “We’re out,” and went out with almost all of his teammates who followed. According to sources, Dwight Howard was the only Laker left.
The Clippers also went out and joined the Lakers as the only two of the 13 teams still in the bubble to vote against the completion of the rest of the playoffs.
Howard is the only Laker left to further discuss the possibility of a playoff resumption. This is an interesting role reversal for him and James, as Howard had reservations before the bubble started while James said he wanted to play.
However, in the end, James stopped by after having a night of sleep and after it became clear that the NBA owners would be making further concessions to the players to ensure the playoffs continued (including formulating plans for the start and the Funding “a new program to work on player-created initiatives on a daily basis,” said Shams Charania of The Athletic.
This enabled the movement not only to capture the news cycle and reduce the national conversation to the current problems of systemic racism and police brutality, but also to have an impact in the end. It may not have been something James planned, but it seems likely that, given his actions over the course of Thursday, it is at least a result he is happy with.
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