Los Angeles Lakers: Breaking down the evolving situation in the NBA

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff game on Wednesday has been postponed.

Wednesday, August 27, 2020 was a monumental day in sports. Due to the shooting of Jacob Blake by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the NBA boycotted Wednesday’s games, including the Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers Game 5, and other leagues followed suit.

The WNBA, MLS and MLB were all part of the movement. The Milwaukee Brewers did not play, the Seattle Mariners did not play and the Los Angeles Dodgers did not play, opting to stand with new teammate Mookie Betts.

There were legitimate concerns about the NBA Playoffs ever resuming. The players held a meeting on Wednesday night discussing the course of action and whether or not to resume play. Reportedly, most players and teams wanted to continue with the playoffs, except for two notable exceptions: the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard were both reportedly adamant about not resuming play and LeBron reportedly even walked out of the meeting early.

After a night’s rest and some more discussion, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the players decided to move forward with the playoffs. The hopeful date for the first games back is either Friday or Saturday, although it is an evolving situation.

We discuss the Lakers’ situation on the latest episode of the Lake Show Life podcast:

Today’s episode was originally planned to be a post-game recap of Game 5 of the Los Angeles Lakers-Portland Trail Blazers playoff series. Instead, other things took precedent and we couldn’t not talk about what is going on in the league.

Not only does the podcast provide a more in-depth discussion about what is happening in the league, we also give our thoughts on what we expect the NBA to do moving forward to continue to improve their social justice messaging, which is at the forefront for the league.

And no, don’t worry, this is not a politically-charged episode. This is simply us breaking down the situation and analyzing what we hope comes out of the situation. The boycotting of Wednesday’s games was meant to start a discussion and with us covering a team in the NBA Playoffs right in the forefront of this situation, it seemed ingenious to not talk about it.

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If that is not your cup of tea I totally get it. We will be back to the normal post-game content and (hopefully) a preview of round two, as long as the Lakers get past the Blazers. Thank you for your support.