The NBA instructed teams to prepare for possible game postponements this week. Moreover, the reason for the postponements relies on the outcome of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis.
“The NBA has instructed teams to be vigilant about the impact of a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis this week, including the possibility of game postponements. The looming specter of possible protests, civil unrest, and team reactions in the aftermath of a verdict has the league office preparing for the prospect that a night or two of league games could be postponed this week, sources said.”-Adrian Wojnarowski, Senior NBA Insider
The NBA could shut down for a couple of days this week following the verdict. If Chauvin is convicted, then it is very likely that the NBA will continue with scheduled games. However, if the former Minnesota police officer is acquitted, the league is ready to shut down.
Derek Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. He was the police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes last May. George Floyd’s death sparked protests and unrest across the nation. After his death, approximately 1,700 cities in the United States had protested for the killing.
However, Chauvin pleaded not guilty to the charges. The outcome will most likely surface on Monday.
Previous Game Postponements
Last week, the NBA postponed the Timberwolves game with the Nets due to the police killing of Daunte Wright. A police officer in Minneapolis shot Wright three times while stopped at a traffic light. He was only 20 years old.
In the NBA bubble, the league shut down for three days after the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The Kenosha police shot blake seven times while his children were in the car. He was 29 years old. The Milwaukee Bucks pushed for the shut down as they boycotted their game against the Orlando Magic.