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The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are so emotionally drained over the shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin that they voted to boycott the remainder of the NBA playoffs.

According to reports, the Lakers and Clippers were the only teams to take such drastic action after Jacob Blake was shot 7 times in the back.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the other teams voted to continue the playoffs. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski noted, "The Clippers and Lakers voting on perhaps not continuing with the season was considered more of a polling, than a final vote, sources tell ESPN. The resumption of the playoffs remains still up in the air."

NBA insider David Aldridge tweeted, "Told the players’ meeting ended "ugly," per a source, with uncertainty about what will happen tomorrow. The union will be present at the special Board of Governors meeting, per a source." It appears that the games slated for Thursday will be postponed as well. "Discussions on continuing season will extend into tomorrow, sources tell ESPN, but appears unlikely the three playoff games on Thursday will be played. "Everyone is still too emotional," one high-ranking source tells ESPN. "There needs to be more time to come together on this," tweeted Woj.

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Rapper Jay-Z reacted aggressively when a fan tried to take a picture with him after the Lakers defeated the Clippers at the Staples Center on Sunday.

Jay-Z, 50, who attended the game with his 8-year-old daughter Blue Ivy Carter, was approached after the game by an overzealous fan who threw his paw around Hov's shoulder.

"I don't know you!" Jay-Z reportedly said while aggressively shrugging his shoulder. Cell phone video of the encounter went viral on social media on Monday.

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Fans took Jay-Z's side, saying the man invaded his personal space. Many said the fan was lucky Jay-Z didn't slug him for touching him without permission.

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The NBA postponed Tuesday night's game between the L.A. Lakers and L.A. Clippers out of respect for the Lakers organization.

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven others on Sunday.

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According to TMZ, the Lakers players and coaches are "simply inconsolable" to play on Tuesday.

"The decision was made out of respect for the Lakers organization, which is deeply grieving the tragic loss of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people in a helicopter crash on Sunday," the league office said in a statement on Monday.

"The game will be rescheduled at a later date.”

A news crew captured footage of Lakers star LeBron James and other players sobbing on the tarmac after the team's plane arrived at LAX airport following Saturday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in Philly.

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Bryant and LeBron James jockeyed for position during a game in this photo dated January 27, 2008.

16 teams played on Sunday following the news of Bryant's death. The Toronto Raptors and the San Antonio Spurs took intentional 24-second violations in honor of Bryant, who wore jersey No. 24.

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Sports writers and Lakers fans claim that a replay in the final seconds of the Christmas Day NBA game between the L.A. Lakers (24-7) and their division rivals the L.A. Clippers violated the "spirit of the rule."

The Clippers (23-10) won the game 111-106 after point guard Patrick Beverley blocked a three point shot attempt by Lakers forward LeBron James late in the 4th quarter. The ball went out of bounds while the Lakers were down 3 points with three seconds left on the clock. After reviewing the replay, NBA refs confirmed the ball went off James' fingertips.

Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard received the inbounds pass and was fouled. He made both of his free throws to seal the win.

The replay call sparked heavy criticism online, that the NBA's replay protocol needs to be changed.

"The defender strips the ball clean out of the offensive player's hands, the ball goes out of bounds, possession stays with the offense," CBS Sports argued.

CBS Sports added that, it's only natural, when an offensive player has the ball knocked out of his hands, "that the ball is going to graze his fingertips. He should still keep possession of the ball."

CBS Sports claims the out-of-bounds replay has "cost numerous teams on numerous occasions," because it puts "the play through a magnified, frame-by-frame digital interrogation."

"There's a responsibility not to compromise the entertainment value of the game in search of an impossible standard of officiating perfection."

Other reporters made similar arguments, that the game shouldn't be decided based on the offensive player's fingertips grazing the ball before it goes out-of-bounds.

"It's clearly off LeBron. He touched [the ball] last. That's not the point of this," tweeted ESPN NBA writer Royce Young, who added, the ball should automatically be off the defender who knocked it out of the offensive player's hands.

"Such absolute nonsense. We need a rule, because it's simply common sense... Beverley is the one that knocked it out. Fix this, NBA," he tweeted.

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But James, 35, insists the game wasn't decided by that blocked shot.

"That wasn't the game right there," he said. "I mean, it's a big play and you want to try to get it right, but it wasn't where the game was lost."

The Clippers are now 2-0 over the Lakers this season. The two teams meet again on January 28.

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Michael Jordan weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers decision to rest star Kawhi Leonard for certain games in a NBA trend called "load management".

The NBA season is still young, and Leonard has missed 6 or 7 games to decrease risk of injuries. But Clippers fans feel cheated and are yelling foul.

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Well-respected sports announcer and NBA analyst Doris Burke criticized Leonard for sitting out a recent game against the Milwaukee Bucks and the league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo at the Staples Center.

"It is mind-boggling to me that Kawhi doesn't want to play against the reigning MVP and he'd rather play against Portland tomorrow night on TNT," Burke said. "Kawhi not playing is ridiculous at this point."

Leonard seems unfazed by the criticism. But when Michael Jordan speaks, everyone listens.

The NBA legend and owner of the Charlotte Hornets is making sure his own players don't get the wrong idea about the work ethic that is expected of them.

According to Steve Clifford, current Orlando Magic coach and former head coach of the Hornets, Jordan addressed the issue of load management in team meetings.

"Being with Michael in Charlotte, Michael used to tell them every year, you're paid to play 82 games."

Clifford added that lazy players stood out from the rest: "I've been doing this for 20 years, and playing 82 games used to be a badge of courage for a lot of guys. There were always a lot of guys who didn't want to play. They stood out more."

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The Lakers vs the Clippers was the most anticipated matchup of the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season. LeBron James, left, and Anthony Davis, right, took on Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers at the Staples Center on Tuesday, Oct. 22.

The Lakers shot out of the gate like a cannon, scoring easy layups, dunks and three point shots over the Clippers' seemingly weak defense. For a while it looked like the Lakers would coast to an easy victory.

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Then Kawhi Leonard took over, hitting seven straight shots to show he meant business. The superstar, who led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship earlier this year, finished the night with 30 points as the Clippers upended their crosstown rivals by a score of 112-102.

LeBron finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. It wasn't his best night in a Lakers uniform. He had three of the Lakers' six turnovers. "That was just very careless and they capitalized off of it," he said after the game.

The Lakers and the Clippers will face each other three times in the regular season. But, for now, Kawhi owns the L.A. bragging rights.

Lonzo Ball's parents LaVar and Tina Ball attended their son's 3rd game as a NBA rookie on Sunday. Tina is doing fine after suffering a stroke in February.

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According to TMZ, Shelly is in secret negotiations with NBA officials, who are ramping up efforts to force Donald Sterling to sell the team after he was secretly recorded telling his ex-mistress, V. Stiviano, not to bring black men (specifically Magic Johnson) to his games.

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