The Bulls may not have a season to play at this point, but they are not absent from standing in solidarity with the rest of the NBA protesting social injustices. This surge of protesting for social injustices started back in late May with the death of George Floyd. It was reignited with the shooting of Jacob Blake, 29, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 23rd, 2020.
The Milwaukee Bucks started the movement of boycotting game five of the NBA Playoffs versus the Orlando Magic. Several other teams followed, resulting in the three scheduled games being postponed. Two championship-contending teams in the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers both were trying to put an end to the season. The reason being, what is happening in this country is bigger than basketball.
It’s not just the teams in the playoffs that are partaking in these protests against the social injustices occurring in this country, as many Bulls players are speaking about it on social media.
The rookie point guard chimed in by sharing Sportscenter’s Instagram post to his story.
Daniel Gafford is not only supporting his NBA brothers but his WNBA sisters as well. WNBA players wore shirts with seven bullet wounds on the backs of their shirts, symbolizing the same number of times Jacob Blake was shot in his back.
Valentine is showing his unity with the Bucks and a player on the team, Sterling Brown.
Many other NBA players were supporting the teams that boycotted, most notably the Bucks.
Ultimately, the NBA playoffs will not be canceled. The officials and players met on August 27th, just a day after the Bucks boycotted game five, and decided that the playoffs will continue.
The games that were postponed are set to be made up on August 29th and 30th.
The boycotting did not last long, however, the meaning behind it will stick with people for a long time.