A Day Without Protests: NBA Postpones Playoff Games Over Blake Killing

August 26th, 2020 9:00 PM

Empty NBA CourtThe Milwaukee Bucks announced they were boycotting Game 5 of their playoff series against Orlando at the NBA's social justice bubble Wednesday. The league later announced that all three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday would be postponed. NBA social justice warriors are incensed over the paralyzing of Jacob Blake, an African American shot by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sunday.

With NBA fan interest in protesting players sinking fast, with television viewers disappearing ... does anyone really care that three playoff games and their coinciding protests didn't happen Wednesday? Many sports fans already fed up with the political and social justice antics of professional athletes could not care less if spoiled millionaires with social justice slogans on the back of their jerseys left the playing courts in Orlando empty Wednesday.

The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, along with the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers also spared America of their scheduled protests/basketball games Wednesday. No problem! Fewer and fewer fans tune into, or care about, this far-Left political organization anymore.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association jointly announced the postponement:

“The NBA and the NBPA today announced that in light of the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision to not take the floor today for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, today’s three games – MIL-ORL, HOU-OKC and LAL-POR have been postponed. Game 5 of each series will be rescheduled.”

Bucks guard George Hill said his team wasn't going to play Wednesday's game because the players are tired of killings and injustice. Alex Lasry, the senior vice-president of the Milwaukee team and a man who served in the Obama Administration, tweeted:

Alex Lasry tweet

Lasry also demanded arrests for the police who killed Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and the officer who shot Blake.

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart admitted Tuesday that the NBA's social justice bubble isn't about basketball: 

“We tried to be peaceful, kneeling. We tried to protest. And for us, we tried to come out here and get together and play this game and try to get our voice across. But it’s not working, so obviously, something has to be done. Right now, our focus shouldn’t really be on basketball.”

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the players planned a Wednesday night meeting to determine their next steps. That's nice. Let us know if anyone cares, NBA. Because some former NBA fans might prefer relaxing on the deck and watching the grass grow in their front yards more than enduring another televised social justice eruption.

This is "a surreal tidbit of information," says CBS Sports' Jasmyn Wimbish. Why so? Because today's refusal to play NBA games is exactly four years ago to the day that the America hater Colin Kaepernick started athlete protest. He sat down during the national anthem at an NFL preseason game, and later started the kneeling craze that spread across the country.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said that NBA players have to "go down swinging," and Rachel Nichols said the boycotts are "just the beginning":

Marc Stein and Sopan Deb of The New York Times called Wednesday's boycott "an extraordinary escalation of how players have demonstrated for social causes this season, with numerous athletes speaking out against systemic racism and police brutality."

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski called the events of Wednesday "a pivot point for the NBA and sports in North America." An unidentified NBA player told him "the season is in jeopardy."

The Milwaukee Brewers also announced Wednesday evening that they would sit out their baseball game against Cincinnati.

If the NBA season goes down in flames, over-the-top NBA social justice activism will not be missed. At all.