Bucks Personnel Detail What Went Into Boycott, What's Coming From It
Bucks G Sterling Brown stressed the team's decision not to play last week's playoff game against the Magic following the Jacob Blake shooting was a "spur-of-the-moment" decision and "wasn't planned" beforehand, according to Marc Spears of THE UNDEFEATED. Brown said, "A couple guys voiced their opinion, with me being one of them. ... Some guys felt the need to express themselves and we stood behind that. The league stood behind us. The rest of the teams and the other guys did. It had the impact we wanted." Brown also addressed how the NBA and league owners have responded: "It’s a step in the right direction. There were a few days of long processing. Guys expressing themselves. There were a lot of emotions. A lot of thoughts. A lot of strategic planning. I applaud and commend our men, the NBPA (National Basketball Players Association), the (union) board, (board member Andre) Iguodala, (NBPA president) Chris Paul. Those guys were doing the best they can. I commend them for that." Brown continued, "It is definitely a step in the right direction. We got some key things on the list and on the agenda that we touched upon. But there is a whole lot of other things we need to get done" (THEUNDEFEATED.com, 8/31).
NOT AN EASY CHOICE: Bucks assistant coach Vin Baker said, “It wasn’t an easy decision for us at all. It came from the heart. It was compassion for a fellow brother, a fellow family, and I would say we would do it again if we had the opportunity.” Bucks Senior VP Alex Lasry: "This wasn’t anyone taking a night off and going back to their hotel room being like, ‘I just didn’t want to play today.’ This was a statement, and this was an act to say, ‘Enough is enough. If you guys aren’t going to take this seriously, we’re going to have to do something to bring this to the forefront again and hopefully force people to act.'” Lasry added, "We can see how powerful it is because the President decided to tweet about it and the White House is commenting on it. Clearly, we got some people’s attention” (“Politico Playbook,” 9/1).
LASRY GOES INSIDE DECISION: Bucks co-Owner Marc Lasry talked about how the Bucks' protest came to be, saying G George Hill "felt that he shouldn’t play mainly because what happened was in our state." That was followed by everyone else on the team following suit. Lasry noted the team soon after "set up a call with the Wisconsin Attorney General and the Lieutenant Governor for the players to speak about what they were thinking and how to bring about change." He said he was "surprised" by the team's actions, but added, "At the end of the day I’m supportive of what the players were doing. I felt it’s their right. They have a voice, and they should be able to utilize that voice." Lasry: "Everybody I spoke to was supportive. The rest of the owners were very supportive. Adam (Silver) did a phenomenal job in dealing with what was going on and talking to the players and owners." Lasry did not feel that the decision not to play was directed at team owners, saying, "All of the discussion with the players afterwards was one of partnership and one of working together. That’s what ultimately ended up happening and why the games started right back after two or three days" ("Fast Money Halftime Report," CNBC, 8/31).