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Wednesday / November 25.
  • Milwaukee Bucks players make history by boycotting NBA playoff game after Jacob Blake shooting; multiple games postponed

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The Milwaukee Bucks have made history by officially boycotting Game 5 of their series with the Orlando Magic on Wednesday after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin on Sunday night.

    Blake, an unarmed black man, was shot seven times in the back by Kenosha police and is reportedly paralyzed from the waist down. Two were killed and one injured Tuesday night when protesters there were shot.

    The incident is the latest in a series of incidents involving African-American men and police, including the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis where Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, resulting in Floyd’s death.

    All told, three NBA playoff games, three WNBA games, three of 15 MLB games and five of six MLS games were postponed Wednesday due to player boycotts over Sunday’s shooting of Blake. Tennis star Naomi Osaka also said she wouldn’t play in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open in New York, and the tournament later announced it would pause play Thursday.

    The protests could spread to the NFL and other sports, as other athletes are already Tweeting their support of the boycotts.

    “It’s amazing to me why we keep loving this country and this country does not love us back,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Tuesday night.



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.