Lakers and Clippers Reportedly Vote to Boycott NBA Season

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Lakers and Clippers Reportedly Vote to Boycott NBA Season

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After teams scheduled to play on Wednesday decided to boycott their respective games, the NBPA organized a players meeting inside the Orlando Bubble.

In what appeared to be an over two-hour-long meeting, players and coaches discussed how to proceed. The main question that needed to be answered: Should the 2019-20 NBA season continue?

Eventually, coaches reportedly left the ballroom where the meeting was held, and the players took full control. Tensions were reportedly high as the conversation centered around how to take action. A vote of some sort on whether or not to boycott the rest of the playoffs took place, and all teams except two decided to play-on: the Clippers and Lakers.

Wow.

If both LA teams do not want to continue the season, it’s hard to imagine we see any more basketball this year. The NBA can not justify a continued season without either of these two teams in the mix. Not to mention, LeBron James has one of the loudest voices in the NBA, and if he doesn’t want to take the court, it’s only a matter of time before more players follow suit.

Now, for what it’s worth, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted a less concrete report shortly after Sham Charania’s. According to him, the Lakers and Clippers only voted on “perhaps” ending the season and the “polling” that took place wasn’t at all considered a final vote.

Still, the meeting reportedly ended “ugly,” and it appears everyone involved needs more time to figure out what comes next (which is totally understandable).

I have a lot of questions, and I bet you do too. I’m not sure what to expect over the next couple of days, but at least we should get more clarity when the Board of Governors and NBPA meet tomorrow morning. If one thing is for sure, the players need to be presented with a more certain plan moving forward. Clearly, the majority of those within the bubble do not feel as though the NBA is doing enough to help the social justice movement across the country. The goal is to spread even more awareness – something that the boycotts certainly did today.

What an historic day in sports. We’ll keep you updated.



Author: Elias Schuster

Elias Schuster is a writer for Bleacher Nation and a human being. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.