IBAKA: ‚BUBBLE’DAN CİDDEN AYRILMAYI DÜŞÜNÜYORDUK‘
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Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka said that some players in the league almost decided to leave the NBA campus in Orlando after protesting against multiple teams‘ own playoff matches last week.
Ibaka told TSN’s Josh Lewenberg: :
„We were about to leave. We were very close. But we solved things as a group. We stayed here and are here not only to play basketball, but to use our platform to try to change things.“ <
The Milwaukee Bucks sparked the boycott in response to Jacob Blake being shot by police about 40 miles south of Milwaukee – Kenosha, Wisconsin, and chose not to leave the locker room before Wednesday’s 5th match against the Orlando Magic. All the other teams planned to play did the same, and the NBA eventually postponed all playoff games to Saturday.
But Bucks‘ decision surprised everyone, including other NBA players, and one group from the team was the same to determine the next steps. had organized a meeting at night. During this reportedly tense meeting, the Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers decided not to continue the season, but still planned a second meeting for Thursday.
After the players met with NBA team owners, the two sides had to join a social justice coalition. has agreed on continuing the post-season operation, including the establishment and some other social justice initiatives.
„WE WERE SERIOUSLY EVALUATED“
However, Ibaka’s teammate Kyle Lowry said that if the players hadn’t fulfilled these commitments they would have abandoned the bubble:
„I think we (the Raptors and other NBA players) were seriously thinking about leaving. I think it would have been seriously conceivable (without the NBA and NBAPA commitments). „
Lakers star LeBron James, Lowry and joined Ibaka’s thoughts and he admitted yesterday that he had „big reservations“ about ending the season. However, the 35-year-old had met with former US president Barack Obama, who encouraged athletes to continue playing. James later helped develop a plan to move forward with both players and team owners.