On Wednesday afternoon, the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to take the floor for their scheduled Game 5 meeting with the Orlando Magic, and in the process kickstarted a movement that quickly picked up steam for the rest of the day. Within hours, the rest of Wednesday’s playoff games — including Game 5 of the Lakers vs. Trail Blazers first-round series — were canceled as players across the league united in a wildcat strike.
By night’s end, a meeting with the players and coaches inside the bubble led to LeBron James, the Lakers and the Clippers voting to cancel the remainder of the playoffs. With the league’s Board of Governor’s set to meet at 8 a.m. PT on Thursday, the same time as a second meeting between the players, the season’s future seems to be in serious doubt.
On the latest episode of the Silver Screen and Roll podcast, co-hosts Anthony Irwin and Jacob Rude got together after everything played out on Wednesday to talk through how the day’s events unfolded, and how we got to this point. They also discussed what’s at stake for the players, how the onus is now on the owners to take action, and why Wednesday was the pinnacle of the player empowerment era.
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