In the wake of the NBA’s announcement that its Wednesday slate of playoff games would not be held — a result that began with the Milwaukee Bucks boycotting Game 5 of their first-round series vs. the Orlando Magic in response to the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake — one former player displayed an act of solidarity early Wednesday evening for all to see on national television. Former NBA player Kenny Smith, now a commentator for TNT, walked off the network’s studio set while on air after delivering his thoughts on the situation to host Ernie Johnson and fellow analysts/former players Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. “Right now my head is ready to explode with the thoughts of what’s going on,” Smith said shortly before walking away. “I’m not sure I’m even appropriate enough to say it, what the players are feeling and how they’re feeling. “I haven’t talked to any of the players, but like even driving here and getting into the studio and hearing calls and people talking … For me, I think the biggest thing now as a black man and former player — I think it’s best for me to support the players and not be… Read full this story
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