NBA playoffs shut down for second straight day as players call for change

AP photo by Kevin C. Cox / The court is empty after the scheduled tipoff time for an NBA playoff game Wednesday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. All three postseason games that day were called off as players elected to sit out, and three more were postponed Thursday.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - An unprecedented NBA walkout protesting racial injustice postponed a second day of the league playoffs Thursday, although players pledged to finish the postseason even as they wrestled with their emotions about wanting to bring change in their communities.

For now, the basketball courts remained empty in the NBA's bubble environment at Walt Disney World, where the league returned to play in late July after a four-month shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. Athletes across the sports world also said they weren't ready to resume playing Thursday.

They are still angry and emotional after the recent shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. NBA players considered not playing again the rest of the postseason and going home to their communities, although they decided Thursday they wanted to continue, according to a person with knowledge of the details.