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Lakers vs. Nuggets, Game 1: Three Things to Know (9/18/20) | Los Angeles Lakers – Lakers.com

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NBA season up in air as Lakers and Clippers reportedly vote to quit playoffs – The Guardian

The NBA season is in the balance with the league’s board of governors and players due to meet on Thursday morning to discuss whether to continue with the playoffs.

The Milwaukee Bucks, arguably the best team in the NBA, boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in protest at the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake, who is black, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer on Sunday, apparently in front of his children. His family say Blake is now paralyzed from the waist down. The shooting occurred in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 40 miles from Milwaukee. The town has since seen demonstrations, which turned deadly when two protesters were shot dead. A 17-year-old has been charged with murder over the killings.

The NBA subsequently postponed all three games due to take place on Wednesday, and other leagues such as the WNBA, MLB and MLS also cancelled some, or all, of their games on Wednesday. Play at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament was also cancelled for the day. In the NFL, the New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts and Washington were among the teams to cancel their practice sessions on Thursday.

The NBA playoffs are taking place in a socially isolated “bubble” at Disney World Florida due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There has been growing anger among NBA players, 80% of whom are black, at the social injustice seen daily on the streets of America. Several players have said the season should not have restarted in the first place.

ESPN reported that during a meeting on Wednesday night the NBA polled teams about the best path forward and the LA Clippers and LA Lakers both voted to end the season. Sources told ESPN the meeting had ended with “no sense of accomplishment” and the fate of the season was still undecided ahead of Thursday’s meeting.

The Lakers are led by LeBron James, one of the most famous athletes in America, a long-term advocate for racial justice and a man often seen as the voice of the NBA. While James is often a calm voice for racial justice, his sense of frustration in the last few days has been palpable. On Wednesday he used an expletive in a tweet that ended with the words: “WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT.”

Earlier this week, Bucks player George Hill questioned whether the season should be taking place at all.


Kenny Smith walks off TV set as NBA figures react to Jacob Blake shooting – video

“We shouldn’t have even came to this damn place [Orlando, where the playoffs are taking place], to be honest,” he said. “I think coming here just took all the focal points off what the issues are. But we’re here, so it is what it is. We can’t do anything from right here, but I think definitely, when it’s all settled, some things have to be done.

“I think this world has to change. I think our police department has to change. Us as society has to change. And, right now we’re not seeing any of that. Lives are being taken, as we speak, day in and day out, and there’s no consequence or accountability for it, and that’s what has to change.”

In addition Kenny Smith, one of the co-hosts of the popular NBA on TNT show, walked off set on Wednesday night in solidarity with the Bucks.

“Right now my head is ready to explode like in the thought of what’s going on,” Smith, who played 10 years in the NBA, said. “I don’t know if I’m appropriate enough to say it what the players are feeling and how they’re feeling. I haven’t talked to any player.

“Even driving here and getting into the studio … hearing calls and people talking. … And for me, I think the biggest thing now, as a black man as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just not to be here tonight … And I figure out what happens after that.”

Wednesday’s moves took place in a summer that has seen protests across the US at racial injustice in the United States. Black athletes have played a prominent role in the movement with many taking place in Black Lives Matter protests. NBA players such as James and the Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown have spoken at length about the pressures and inequality black people face in America, while Nascar driver Bubba Wallace led a boycott against the Confederate flag, long seen as a symbol of the slavery-era South, at racetracks.

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Lakers look lifeless in 105-86 loss to Thunder – Silver Screen and Roll

The Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder were scheduled to play a basketball against each other on Wednesday, and while both teams technically participated, only one team showed up to play and it wasn’t the Lakers.

After locking up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference on Monday, the Lakers turned in one of their most uninspired performances of the season and lost to the Thunder 105-86. There were a lot of issues with the way the Lakers played, but given the stakes, or lack thereof, and the sheer amount of issues there were, we’re only going to focus on a few, starting with the team’s 3-point shooting.

The Lakers attempted 37 3-point attempts on Wednesday and only made five of them. For those that can’t do the math in their head (read: me) or don’t have a calculator readily available, that’s a 13.5% percent conversation rate. That’s really, really bad.

At the center of the Lakers’ 3-point shooting woes is Danny Green, who technically led the Lakers in 3-point makes with two 3-pointers, but it took seven attempts for him to get there. The problem isn’t Green taking that many attempts; it’s the fact that he’s not making any of them.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis were also ice cold from behind the arc and went 0-8 from 3-point territory. If they shot a higher percentage from inside the 3-point line, that wouldn’t have been a huge issue, but they didn’t; they shot a combined 10-30 from the field. Again, it was just a sloppy game all around — almost too sloppy.

The Lakers will look to bounce back against the Houston Rockets on Thursday, The Rockets stunned the Lakers with their super small-ball play after the All-Star break, so it will be interesting to see how Los Angeles responds this time around. Plus, if the Lakers win tomorrow, the Rockets have a better chance of falling out of the top four. That’s especially true since the Thunder wo … hey, wait a second!

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Inside Lakers Practice: LeBron James & Anthony Davis Prepare For NBA Return – Lakers Nation

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Frank Vogel Addresses Lakers Roster Updates for Orlando | Los Angeles Lakers – Lakers.com

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No Rift in Los Angeles Lakers Due to Opposing Stands by LeBron James and Dwight Howard: Reports – Essentially Sports

Since the NBA has agreed to a 22-team restart, players have had different views on it. Not all players were in favor of a restart. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving led a conference call on Friday saying the restart would distract the people from the ongoing protests against social issues. Meanwhile, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James felt otherwise.

James was not a part of Friday’s call that involved around 80 people. Reports suggest he felt the league restarting would not affect his ability to fight against social injustice. But two other Lakers players, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley were in support of Irving’s views.

Howard also released a statement on the same. On Sunday, His agent Charles Briscoe came out saying people have been taking the statement wrongly. Talking to ESPN, Briscoe said his client’s statement was about social injustice and not basketball and that Howard has not taken his decision whether he would play if and when the league resumes.

“The statement was about social injustice and racism,” Briscoe said. “Yet everybody is still talking about whether basketball should be played. He isn’t saying that basketball shouldn’t be. He’s just saying that you should not be taking attention away from what’s going on in the country to talk about basketball.

“Basketball is just a sport, at the end of the day. But what’s going on with people dying in the streets, that’s something real. That statement, it had nothing to do with sports. It had everything to do with racism and social injustice.”

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While opinions with the Lakers team might be varying, there do not seem to be any issues within the team. ESPN quoted a Lakers player as saying there is “no divide” within the team.

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As a team, the Lakers would be among the last ones who would be against the league’s restart. They have been among favorites to win the title this season. Prior to the league’s suspension, the Lakers were on top of the Western Conference with 49 wins. They had the best record in the league after Milwaukee Bucks.

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NBA Rumors: Lakers, Bucks Prefer Play-In Tournament To Group Stage Format In Playoffs – LakersNation.com

The Los Angeles Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks were head and shoulders atop their respective conference standings when the NBA suspended operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

So regardless of how the league plans to resume the 2019-20 regular season, it’s understood that the Lakers and Bucks should receive some of the advantages of likely maintaining those No. 1 seeds.

However, with the season likely resuming in a bubble at Walt Disney World, the NBA is looking to get creative in other ways too. As teams hope to recoup some of the money that’s been lost, having just 16 teams enter the bubble may not be conducive.

Because of this, the league wants some way to get more teams involved. The Lakers and Bucks are both in favor of a play-in tournament as opposed to a Group Stage format that is popular with the World Cup, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer:

Teams with top seeds, such as the West-leading Lakers and East-leading Bucks, are in favor of a play-in tournament, not a group stage, multiple league sources say.

A play-in tournament would be a compromise for those wanting to do a World Cup-style group stage. In this format, the No. 9 and No. 10 seeds from each conference would have a chance to steal the No. 8 and No. 7 seeds for the actual playoffs in a four-team tournament.

The first- and second-place teams from that tournament would be seeded No. 7 and No. 8, respectively. For the current Western Conference standings, the Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans would be those teams.

It’s no surprise that the Lakers and the Bucks favor this change over the group stage, because nothing really changes for them in the long run. They would still play a seven-game series against a significantly inferior opponent, which is the design of the first round anyways.

After the play-in tournament, the playoffs would begin as normal with the new seeding in place at the bottom. Perhaps the standings were correct and it would still be the Mavericks and Grizzlies. Or the Trail Blazers and Pelicans could surprise people and wind up as one of the bottom two playoff teams.

In this format, absolutely nothing happens to the Nos. 3-6 seeds. They remain in the same spot and will play the same opponent.

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