Keith Pompey: According to sources, Doc Rivers told the…

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Keith Pompey: According to sources, Doc Rivers asked #Bucks went into their decision, because none of the other players/teams were aware. The room wasn't mad at the Bucks. People were just caught off guard and because of that, the room wanted to make sure everyone was unified going forward.
Keith Pompey: According to sources, Kyle Korver spoke for the #Bucks, Milwaukee admitted it didn't know what to do next. But the Bucks did speak to the state's attorney general and found out that the state legislative branch hasn't met in 4 months.
Keith Pompey: Michelle Roberts said to play now or not play now will have no bearings on a possible lockout and that the next CBA negotiation will be tough. So making a decision to play or not play can't guarantee the tough negotiations to come, according to sources.
Shams Charania: Sources: Every team besides Lakers and Clippers voted to continue playing. LeBron James said in meeting he want owners to be more involved/take action.
Shams Charania: Sources: Miami's Udonis Haslem spoke and essentially told everyone in room that -- without Lakers and Clippers, how will season continue? LeBron James walked out. Rest of Lakers and Clippers exited behind him.
Chris Mannix: Lot of conversation tonight, but some of the strongest voices on shutting down the returned season have been coming from two teams, per sources: The Bucks and Raptors. Blake shooting happened in Milwaukee's backyard. Raps have experienced this, and Masai body cam footage. Heavy.
Chris Mannix: In meeting, players are demanding an action plan, sources told @SInow. They want to see something from NBA owners. Meeting has been led by Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala, though many other players are speaking.
Chris Mannix: Doc Rivers, Armond Hill and John Lucas are among the coaches that spoke passionately tonight, per sources. Kyle Korver, Damian Lillard, 'Melo, LeBron -- lot of voices being heard amongst the players.
Chris Mannix: After inviting coaches in to discuss the next steps, the players are meeting privately, league sources told @SInow. Multiple sources in the room came away still unsure of how players would move forward.
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.
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.”

https://twitter.com/kylegoon/status/1298790679783575552

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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: 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."
Chris Haynes: The Milwaukee Bucks...

https://twitter.com/ChrisBHaynes/status/1298763148091166720

https://twitter.com/malika_andrews/status/1298765595043868679

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Brad Townsend: Mavs owner @Mark Cuban.

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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.”

https://twitter.com/sarah_k_spence/status/1298756317377630208
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.
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.

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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.
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
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.

https://twitter.com/Magic_PR/status/1298735668265451525

https://twitter.com/JohnWall/status/1298736670091743233
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.
Nicolas Batum: ✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻

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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.
Storyline: Players Boycott
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May 25, 2022 | 5:12 pm EDT Update
On Wednesday, The Athletic reported that Nuggets paid Connelly below league average for executives. Booth now takes over most of the day-to-day. “The approach that Calvin Booth will take and the idea they’re already formulating inside that Denver Nuggets organization. I think this is an organization that you can expect to be aggressive and make moves moving forward here to try to get into championship contention,” Shams Charania said. “I don’t expect Calvin Booth to run a front office that will be shy about making the moves necessary to win a championship.”
“To be able to go get a guy like that when these guys don’t just grow on trees because of availability, and I think Minnesota targeted Connelly,” he said. “At $8 million per year over the next five years. We talked about ownership equity— it’s still unclear how that will come to fruition, but I’m told the opportunity to capitalize on that will be if Minnesota sells one day… when you package all that together from base salary to ownership equity, this is one of the most lucrative landmark contracts and in for an executive in the NBA. It just became an offer that was too lucrative and too good to pass up overall.”
Storyline: Timberwolves Front Office
With NBA guard Dennis Schroder as the driving force, the German Basketball Association held a presentation in Berlin regarding the national team’s participation in the upcoming EuroBasket. “It’s a new opportunity to make basketball even bigger in Germany. Everyone is already fired up,” the Houston Rockets guard said on Wednesday during a press conference in the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Schroder will definitely be there in September and wants to persuade other NBA players to participate. He had already received a promise from Daniel Theis. “He said he was definitely up for it,” he said. Maxi Kleber (Dallas Mavericks) had told him he was in the mood, but had to look “how he feels” after an ankle injury. The two brothers hailing from Berlin, Moritz and Franz Wagner (both playing for the Orlando Magic), would probably also be available.
May 25, 2022 | 4:59 pm EDT Update