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The fate of the season could be decided soon

Both the NBA Players and the NBA Board of Governors will meet this morning in separate meetings.

UPDATE 9:12 am: 

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In the wake of yesterday's wildcat strike, there have been ongoing meetings to determine the fate of the NBA season.

We know with near-certainty that there will be no games played today. Meeting continued late last night as players grappled with the financial impacts to this season and beyond should the season end now, while also attempting to balance the outrage and raw emotions following the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police.

The players are expected to meet again at 8 AM PT today. The NBA Board of Governors will be holding a separate meeting at the same time.

We will continue to update throughout the day if there are major developments. Otherwise, use this thread to discuss ongoing developments.

Please remain civil in your discussions.

 

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SierraSpartan
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August 27, 2020 7:37 am

The decisions they make in the next day or so will, indeed, be “Bigger Than Basketball.”

With that said, there is a large danger here of the more strident players (*cough*LeBron*cough*) stampeding the others into a position that may well permanently damage the League.

I am hopeful that cooler heads will prevail.

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August 27, 2020 7:58 am

After a very serious thread yesterday – today I do want to congratulate the Kings for their brave stand and pre-boycotting of the playoffs for the last 14 years.

As a franchise, we are truly trendsetters and change-makers and it’s nice to see the rest of the league catch up.

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August 27, 2020 8:08 am
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Hah. You beat me to it. I was afraid to post it yesterday as it would not be appropriate.

Get out of my head!

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August 27, 2020 8:13 am
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I tried to make a clever response. I failed. This remains. Shame.

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August 27, 2020 8:05 am

I was thinking long and hard about a possible end to the season last night. I fully understand and support the players in cause, but part of me wonders that if the season were to end out of protest, would the players lose their platform? I mean, in today’s ever changing news cycle, if they packed up and went home would they be out of the spotlight within a day or two?

Could it be possible that if they continued the season, their voices could be amplified?

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August 27, 2020 8:21 am

€œWe keep loving this country and this country doesn’t love us back.€ – Doc Rivers

Robert Horry caused me pain, but Doc Rivers made me cry.

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August 27, 2020 9:12 am

I’m going to ramble a bit, and wax philosophically, because I’m tired of the usual schtick of arguing semantics and stormfront talking points with racists and science deniers.

I’m bummed out. My COVID denying neighbor who lives across the street caught COVID. It’s currently spreading through his household and has hospitalized grandma. He has real trouble talking about it. and we only talk from across the street right now.

American society is not healthy. American society as a whole brought COVID to my doorstep. American society as a whole perpetrates injustice at disadvantaged people, forcing them to work and get exposed to COVID, while allowing others to avoid exposure. Then on top of that, American society has created a police force that just kills people ex-judiciously. And some people want to defend this violation of the 5th amendment of the constitution, while foaming at the mouth about the second amendment’s absoluteness.

Add in the economic and justice disparity between the haves and the have nots, the intense concentration of wealth into a smaller and smaller set of hands, with the legal ramifications of rich people avoiding jail for easily proven crimes, and poor people getting extended time for very minor offenses, and I have trouble seeing the country I live in as a good place.

I have experienced prejudice, profiling, and harassment previously in my life, luckily for me, that doesn’t happen anymore as I present as a boring cis white guy approaching 50 – I feel in my bones for the people being harmed by our very broken social systems, from those sucking at the teet of misinformation and acting against their own interests, like my neighbor across the street, to the Guatemalan family who also lives next to me and their extended family/friends who clearly fear white people, to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, Stephon Clarke in our own backyard, and so many more who were unjustly murdered.

I have the privilege of working from home, the privilege of having health care, and the privilege of staying employed safely during this time – and nothing awful has happened to me personally during this time, but it is so hard for me mentally right now, seeing how very broken our society is today, so many dark things that lurked in the shadows and went unsaid that are now being said openly, often without repercussion that I was just blissfully ignorant of until now, coming to the light.

I have intense respect and admiration for the NBA players and their actions yesterday. Putting your livelihood (and the livelihood of everyone those guys support) at risk to fight injustice is an incredible act of service. not just for black communities, but for all american communities. I see you, NBA players and staff. I thank you for your action, and will support you however I can, for trying to make where we live a better place.

I don’t know how to fix the problems our society faces, but if we don’t talk about them, they cannot be addressed. And I’m tired of looking for unassailable soundbytes to spar with the chuds. It’s time to be real.

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August 27, 2020 12:02 pm
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Thank you for saying this much more eloquently than I am capable of. Pretty much exactly where I’m at right now.

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August 27, 2020 12:26 pm
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You’ve said pretty much exactly how I’ve been feeling. Parts of me have already accepted the new reality we are living in, but at the same time the other part of me can’t ignore all that is going on with the pandemic, racial injustice, police brutality, people unemployed, and people thinking that COVID is a myth and making it impossible for this country to make any kind of progress on trying to get back to normal.

Although I have been furloughed from my job (along with like 75% of our company) for the last two months with no return date at the moment, I still feel lucky that I’m in the position I am in. I’m fortunate I can afford to stay at home, and even without my work paycheck, the unemployment funds I’m getting from the state (and all of the money I have saved in multiple savings accounts) are enough for me to get by paying my necessities of rent/groceries/other basic needs without having to look for another job. I’m fortunate my boss is still letting those of us on furlough stay on our health insurance plan, and that we will have a job to go back to eventually. There are so many of those on unemployment that can not meet these same needs, and others having to get essential jobs and risking their health just to be able to put food on the table. So in a sense, I really do count my blessings that I am fortunate enough to even be in the position I am in, in a time period I never once thought I would be living in.

It really saddens me the state that this country is in. Just seeing how most other countries (even ones that were once epicenters of the virus) have flatten the curve and have been able to get back to a more normal state of things while we continue to regress in both federal and local politicians and the general public’s attitude towards the virus and social issues.

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August 27, 2020 9:12 am

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