Adrian Wojnarowski: Before a packed room of teams in a hotel ballroom at Disney, the discussion is centering on whether to continue with the playoffs — or end the season, sources tell ESPN. So far, there seems to be momentum not to play the three playoff games on Thursday, but nothing’s decided.
Tim Reynolds: Source: NBA's board of governors has called a meeting for tomorrow. Agenda somewhat fluid based on what happens tonight. @Adrian Wojnarowski first.
Kyle Goon: Strongest statement I’ve seen from the Lakers, who strongly condemn the killings and shootings of unarmed Black people by police. “We must continue to say their names. But now is also the time for us to say enough.”
Ramona Shelburne: Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes said of his meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks. "They just wanted to know what they could do," Barnes said. "They wanted something tangible that they could do in the short and long term. They wanted the walk out to be Step 1."
Victor Jacobo: Here's Attorney General Josh Kaul (@WisDOJ) on his phone call with the @Bucks. Kaul adds: "The Bucks have, frankly, done more to address these issues than @SpeakerVos or @SenFitzgerald have done. So I applaud them for stepping up and playing a leadership role in the debate."
Adrian Wojnarowski: Within Bucks, there's sentiment that team wants to continue playing here, sources tell ESPN. The team's statement about it "imperative for the Wisconsin state legislature to reconvene after months of inaction..." was an important element of action that players want to influence.
Adrian Wojnarowski: So far, speakers in the meeting of NBA players tonight: NBPA president Chris Paul, NBPA VP Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver and Clippers coach Doc Rivers, sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA has scheduled a special Board of Governors meeting on Thursday morning, sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Statement from @NBA_Coaches Association: The NBA coaches support our players 100 percent. The restart happened largely because of the platform it provided. The baseless shootings of Jacob Blake and other black men and women by law enforcement underscores the need for action. Not after the playoffs, not in the future, but now."
Rachel Nichols: Milwaukee Bucks come out of their locker room, more than three hours after their game was supposed to tip, to read a statement: "We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand for the officers to be held accountable." They call also call out the Wisconsin State Legislature
Malika Andrews: The Bucks statement, in print: “When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable... In this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement.”
Marc Stein: The Milwaukee Bucks — three hours and 22 minutes after they were scheduled to play Orlando this afternoon in a first-round playoff game — have left the AdventHealth Arena to return to their team hotel at Walt Disney World
Andy Larsen: Rudy Gobert on players striking: "Is it going to fix things? We don't know. But, I think the people that have the power to change those those things need to feel uncomfortable. Are they gonna feel uncomfortable if they sit one game? I don't know, but... we are with it."
Sarah K. Spencer: Just spoke with Lloyd Pierce, who said so much is going on right now that a pause from NBA games was needed. "... The only way to really address it with power and with solidarity is to put a halt to the games and have that real conversation that a lot of people have avoided.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Inside the locker room, the Milwaukee Bucks were on a conference call with Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, sources tell ESPN.
Keith Pompey: #NBA coaches in the bubble were informed to attend the all players meeting at 8pm tonight, according to a source. This is the first players only meeting that head coaches and assistant coaches have been invited to since they’ve been in the bubble.
Kyle Goon: One of the members of a coaching staff here in the bubble tells me he's ready to go home if the players decide not to play out the rest of the season: "It's just basketball. ... The players are using the platform the right way, getting people's attention."
Chris Haynes: Yahoo Sources: There’s a sizable amount of players advocating to finish the season out since sacrifices were made to enter the bubble, believing the NBA platform is a useful resource in this social climate.
Jeff Passan: Following the cancellation of the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds game tonight, more teams are discussing the possibility of not playing, sources tell ESPN. Among those currently discussing it: the Seattle Mariners, who have the most Black players of any team in MLB.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Emotions are raw, players were already worn out of bubble environment prior to the Jacob Blake shooting and sources say discussions within teams are ongoing about postponing tomorrow's three games too -- and beyond. "The season is in jeopardy," one vet player here tells ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Tonight's meeting with players will go a long way toward determining how the players will move forward with rest of season, sources tell ESPN.
Tim Reynolds: Players will meet tonight, as some are already reporting. A player inside the bubble tells AP, when asked if he thinks the season will continue: "I've heard yes and I've heard no."
Jeanie Buss: I was excited to see us play - and hopefully close out our series - tonight. But I stand behind our players, today and always. After more than 400 years of cruelty, racism and injustice, we all need to work together to say enough is enough. #JusticeForJacobBlake #WeHearYou
Adrian Wojnarowski: Every NBA player is invited to join the meeting in The Bubble at 8 PM to discuss how they'll proceed from today's boycotts, sources tell @Zach Lowe and me.
Chris Mannix: Bucks have been in their locker room for nearly two hours. Bags have been packed and brought to the bus. An oversized white board was just wheeled in.
Tim Kawakami: In the middle of all this, just recorded a long-planned podcast conversation with Warriors president Bob Myers, who said he absolutely respects the position of the players who are boycotting these playoff games. Podcast will post tomorrow AM.
Ben Golliver: Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo briefly emerges from locker room wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt. Bucks team has yet to leave arena more than an hour after staging boycott.
Gary Washburn: Many #Bucks players are still in their locker room, some still in full uniform or shooting shirts and pre-game gear. They have not left the arena.
Shams Charania: NBA players have called for a meeting tonight in Orlando to determine next steps, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA, owners and front offices didn't see this wave of player boycotts coming today. Hours ago, they all expected to be playing these games tonight. This is a pivot point for the NBA and professional sports in North America.
Brian Mahoney: NBA announces that all three playoff games tonight are postponed. Landmark day in the league.
Mark Medina: And as for tomorrow’s games, NBA doesn’t have answers at this point on where those games stand. FWIW, Clippers, Mavs and Jazz said this afternoon they didn’t have discussions about boycotting games. But this is obviously fluid
Shams Charania: The Lakers and Trail Blazers are sitting Game 5 of series, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. All three NBA games will not be played as players sit in wake of Jacob Blake shooting.
Ben Golliver: Bucks players not expected to talk to media assembled at the arena on Wednesday. Magic players have already departed arena. NBA will issue statement soon, per league spokesman. Not clear yet whether game will be a forfeit or postponement.
Chris Haynes: Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers are leaning toward boycotting Game 5 tonight, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Lakers have a team meeting soon to discuss the possbility of boycotting Game 5 tonight against Portland, sources tell ESPN.
Shams Charania: Rockets-OKC players are planning to boycott Game 5 of their series, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium.
Ben Golliver: Bucks GM Jon Horst: “We’re not coming out for awhile. There will be a team statement.” Unclear if Bucks will address media regarding boycott on Wednesday.
Alex Lasry: Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change
Shams Charania: Bucks players are in locker room attempting to reach the attorney general of Wisconsin, Josh Kaul, sources tell @The Athletic @Stadium. Magic players are leaving the arena soon -- not accepting the Bucks‘ forfeit.
Pau Gasol: Proud of my brothers✊🏻 @Milwaukee Bucks @NBA #NecessaryGoodTrouble #EnoughIsEnough pic.twitter.com/sYOos4prW8
May 19, 2022 | 6:51 pm EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Boston Celtics center Al Horford tested negative yesterday and twice today, clearing him to play in Game 2 tonight against Miami Heat, league sources tell @YahooSports, @NBAonTNT.
Indiana star Trayce Jackson-Davis tested positive for COVID-19 and did not attend the NBA Draft Combine this week in Chicago, a source confirmed to IndyStar. The 6-9 forward was not able to participate in any of the athletic testing Wednesday at Wintrust Arena, nor will he join in the scrimmages scheduled for Thursday and Friday.
The home has been on and off the market since July of 2020, when it was first listed for $8.5 million, with the closing price coming much closer to the January of 2022 asking price of $7.9 million. In any case, the sale represents a profit from the $6.5 million Thompson paid in 2019.
May 19, 2022 | 6:16 pm EDT Update
SiriusXM NBA Radio: “Things will work out for Deandre. He’s a valuable player and there’s other teams in the league as well” Longtime NBA Agent Bill Duffy tells @termineradio & @Eddie Johnson what the future holds for his client, Deandre Ayton, as he heads into restricted free agency