The National Basketball Association has been embroiled in controversy this week after several players decided they were putting the ball down in the name of Jacob Blake, the 29-year-old Black man who shot in the back seven times by Kenosha, Wisconsin police.
Taking a cue from Milwaukee Bucks and 2020 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Giannis Antetokounmpo, players from the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers declined to participate in their Game 5s of the playoff.
With the topic at the forefront of many sports enthusiasts’ minds, Snoop Dogg decided to voice his support for Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James who has been particularly outspoken about the latest police shooting. In the process, Uncle Snoop made a bold claim about how James’ career stacks up to one of the NBA’s greatest players of all time — Michael Jordan.
“IDGAF how else LEBRONS career ends, the fact that he’s leading this charge puts him ahead of MJ as far as ‘THIS’ goes,” he wrote on Instagram. “He’s the GOAT off the court! Respect [King]! HE SAID FUCK JUST SHUTTIN UP & DRIBBLIN.”
Snoop is among the many who support the NBA strike. Royce Da 5’9, Chance The Rapper, Diddy, Lecrae, Plies, London On Da Track and Bas are just a handful of artists who have used their social media platform to call for justice.
On Thursday (August 27), ESPN Senior NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski announced the NBA players had collectively decided to get back to regularly scheduled programming.
“The NBA’s players have decided to resume the playoffs, source tells ESPN,” he tweeted. “The resumption of playoff games could come as soon as Friday, but there is expected to be a return to this season by the weekend, sources tell ESPN.”
He later added, “There is a meeting of NBA owners and players set for later today, sources tell @MarcJSpears and me. The discussion is expected to include plans of action moving forward on social justice issues. There is still a discussion ongoing among players about the timing of a playoff resumption — with an expectation that a Saturday return of games will be finalized later today, sources tell ESPN.”