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Donald Trump: NBA has 'become like a political organization'

Donald Trump: NBA has 'become like a political organization'

President Donald Trump criticized the NBA on Thursday after players decided not to participate in the playoffs on Wednesday to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosh, Wisconsin.

"They've become like a political organization, and that's not very good," Trump said, according to Associated Press reports, "Aamer Madhani and Deb Richman. -I don't think it's good for sport or for the country.

"Milwaukee Bucks was the first team to refuse to play on Wednesday, causing similar decisions from Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trailer Blazers.

Although there appeared to be a disagreement between the players over continuing playoffs, they reportedly decided to continue the game on Thursday morning.

Three games scheduled for Thursday, however, have been postponed. The dates for any postponed games have not yet been determined, but the NBA has confirmed that it hopes to resume the post-season game on Friday or Saturday.

Trump had previously criticized the efforts of the league and players to draw attention to social justice. Earlier in August, he found it "shameful" that players and coaches were on their knees while playing the national anthem, insisting that it turned off games because of protests. Laker star Lebron James responded later that day, saying the basketball community was not saddened by the loss of its audience.

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