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NBA teams, Players Association, and Coaches Association release statements in support of players protest

Following the Milwaukee Bucks' decision to boycott Game 5 of their first-round series with the Orlando Magic, all of Thursday's playoff games have now officially been postponed.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Milwaukee's players made the decision in wake of Jacob Blake, a Black man, being hospitalised after he was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The NBA Players Association, Coaches Association, along with teams around the league have thrown their full support behind the players' decision as they demand change and continue their push for social justice.

Michele Roberts - NBPA Executive Director

NBA Coaches Association

Los Angeles Lakers

"We stand with our players and the players of the NBA in their demand for justice and the end of racial violence.

"Eighty percent of NBA players are Black men. We cannot love them for the joy and entertainment that they bring to the world, yet sit in silence and fail to use our platforms and resources to amplify their voices when they demand the justice and equality that America has promised us all, but denied Black people for too long.

"In 2020 alone, we have been made to bear witness to the killings of numerous unarmed Black men and women at the hands of the police, as well as private "vigilantes." Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and now Jacob Blake.

"We must continue to say their names. But now is also the time for us to say enough."

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