No one anticipated Wednesday would unfold the way it did in the NBA.
The Milwaukee Bucks took the league by storm when it decided to boycott its Game 5 matchup against the Orlando Magic in protest of the Jacob Blake shooting. NBA postponed the remainder of the evening’s playoff games a short time later.
The league had no idea the Bucks were doing this. And apparently, it caused a rift in the players’ meeting about how to proceed with the season.
Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, there was some “frustration” the Bucks did not fill in the rest of the league on the plan, leading George Hill to admit he pitched the idea to teammates last-minute before the game.
And when some in the meeting wanted an explanation for blind-siding the other playoff teams, Boston Celtics swingman Jaylen Brown reportedly stood up for Milwaukee, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
As vice president of the NBA’s players association, Brown is wise enough to know that if the players are going to impact change, they must all be on the same page.