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NBA's players decide to resume playoffs


The NBA's players have decided to resume the playoffs, source tells ESPN.
Taylor Rooks:
The joint call with the owners just concluded. Sources say players had a list of important things. Players want organizational changes - including dedicated coalition w/ Full time job to manage the issues. Voting, police reform, etc. Wanting to be proactive instead of reactive.
Sources: NBA players in meeting today agreed to continue playing this postseason — but want to find new and improved ways to make social justice statements. Players expect games to resume this weekend.
ESPN Sources: Several key members of Lakers -- and some peers around league -- stayed up until early AM hours talking through issues in The Bubble. Among key players in league heading into 11 AM meeting, there's optimism about a majority of players wanting to continue playoffs.
Sources say Michael Jordan has taken a strong position to help owners see different point of views. On today's call - he said he isn't just speaking as an owner, or even a player...he's speaking as a black man.
Vincent Goodwill:
Sources to @YahooSports: After emotional meeting, the feeling is most players want to continue playing but also want to know the board of governors are going to support them on pushing policy changes.

Read a discussion the other day about where this NBA season ranked in terms of stories. An off-season with Durant/Kyrie, LeBron/Davis and Kawhi/George teaming up. Ujiri aftermath. Stern's death. The China blow-up. Kobe's death. ASG variation. Coronavirus shutting down a game as it started. Shortened season. The bubble. Strike. Giannis likely DPOTY/MVP double.

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I think it's good news that they are going ahead.

Are there going to be circumstances where certain players feel so strong and will refuse to play?

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I believe the 76ers were going to maintain their boycott.

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"I believe the 76ers were going to maintain their boycott."

Pretty sure Orlando are a day away from doing the same.

In all seriousness though, given it was just the 2 LA teams that said to boycott that all players will resume playing again.

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A story from one of the meetings (via Chris Haynes):

"Michele Roberts, the executive director of the players' union, asked to have the floor to speak about the financial ramifications of leaving Orlando.

While she was going over the numbers, Clippers guard Patrick Beverley abruptly interrupted her, saying he disagreed with her logic, sources said. Roberts kindly reiterated that these were potential losses the players would suffer, and Beverley interrupted again.

Roberts asked politely if she could continue with her point, and Beverley responded, "No, I pay your salary," sources said.

This caused an uproar with Paul, Haslem and others, who intervened and told Beverley that disrespect would not be tolerated, sources said. "

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