And so the show goes on. The Milwaukee Bucks, after having led the strike with their peers in the NBA, WNBA, MLS, and MLB, are back to basketball, even though it’s not their top priority.
The Bucks, heading to their first practice since refusing to play in a playoff game Wednesday, made the following statement:— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 28, 2020
“As we return to the court today, our team focus will be on our overall performance and well-being. That said, we will not have media availability today”
It was announced yesterday that the players opted to resume play and continue with the NBA Playoffs. With the schedule in flux, the earliest the Bucks will play is probably Saturday, but details have not been released as of yet.
No media availability for the Bucks today.— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) August 28, 2020
As a reminder, this was their last statement to the media. Sterling Brown and George Hill read it after emerging from their locker room three hours after the scheduled tip time of Game 5. pic.twitter.com/Dxy0zqnixs
Given the team’s role in literally shutting American sports down for a day, it’s understandable that they would want to be able to work without having to worry about public appearances, headlines, or tweeted quotes. It’s easy to forget, this team is also contending for a championship, and that takes consistent effort.
As more details get released on the NBA’s updated schedule, we’ll provide updates accordingly. Game 5 against the Orlando Magic will happen sooner or later!
UPDATE: It looks like it’s coming sooner.
The NBA and NBPA have put out the following joint statement about play resuming Saturday, along with initiatives the players and league will work on together: pic.twitter.com/2Y2e9eFEfd— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 28, 2020
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