Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill insists his team didn't boycott Game 5 against the Orlando Magic because they wanted raise awareness about racism and social injustice in the United States society. Last Wednesday, the Bucks refused play Game 5 and soon the rest of the days for the day were canceled in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, who was shot seven times by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The playoffs resumed on Saturday and the Bucks defeated the Magic to close out the series with a 4-1 win. "What we did was nothing to get notoriety for," Hill said, per ESPN. "It was nothing that we were doing for a publicity stunt.
It's something that we did from our heart. We were tired of different things going on in this world. We wanted action; we wanted things to be held accountable. And we decided to do this as a team. "Before doing it, we said, 'We have to live with the consequences, good or bad.'
And every guy stood there and stood by my side ... But to see how it trickled down into every sport, it really woke the world up and let them know that we're serious. We need change. We need for love in the world, and try to make it a better place."
Hill says it all happened too quickly
Hill wanted to sit out Game 5 as his way out of protest, but when his teammates found about his plan 20 minutes before the game, they stood up by his side. "I didn't want to put that pressure on my teammates," Hill said.
"I didn't want them to have to make that decision unless they wanted to. So as a teammate, I didn't take it to them. That may be a little bit my fault on my part to not take it to them. But I didn't want them to make a decision out of pressure, and because we have a good relationship.
"So before the game, guys were trying to figure out why I wasn't playing. And we spoke about it. Sterling [Brown] spoke about it and wanted to stay in with us. And it was a trickle effect; every guy in our locker room stood by my side and said, 'If my brother isn't playing, then we aren't playing.'
And we made that decision. "And it was nothing that was premeditated. It was nothing that, like I said, we're doing for clout or for anything like that. It was just on our hearts and in our guts, and we followed it. And you have to tip your hat to every one of these guys; and like I told them today, 'Let's build from it.
Let's continue to make change. Let's continue to talk about it. Let's continue to do things that we can do that's quick in our city of Milwaukee, and just embrace it.' "