NBA Games Postponed Thursday, Players Will Resume Playoffs
NBA players have decided to resume the playoffs, a source tells ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Thursday's three playoff games will be postponed. A resumption of the postseason could come as soon as Friday, but there is expected to be a return to play by the weekend according to sources.
Players held a meeting Thursday with two players from each team talking to NBA owners, sources tell ESPN. Thursday's second meeting is to formulate action plans to address racial injustice issues and iron out details of restarting the playoffs, according to a source.
Demanding societal change and ending racial injustice has been a major part of the NBA's restart at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The phrase "Black Lives Matter" is painted on the arena courts, players are wearing messages urging change on their jerseys, and coaches are donning pins demanding racial justice.
Wednesday's postponed NBA games came on the fourth anniversary of Colin Kaepernick's first protest of the national anthem before an NFL preseason game. Kaepernick sat through the anthem for his first protest, which he said was to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of minorities. He kneeled during the anthem for the rest of the 2016 season.