LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard may not play again this NBA season after the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers reportedly voted to boycott the remainder of the campaign.
The NBA postponed three play-off games scheduled for Wednesday after the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their meeting with the Orlando Magic to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake over the weekend in Wisconsin.
Lakers superstar James reacted immediately to the Bucks boycott and tweeted on Wednesday: "F*** THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT", while the Lakers later posted "#JusticeForJacobBlake".
NBA players inside the NBA's bubble at Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, had a meeting on Wednesday night to determine their next steps and whether or not play in the post-season would resume on Thursday.
However, no resolution was reached and it appears highly unlikely that any play will commence at this stage.
James was the first player to exit the meeting with one report claiming that it ended "ugly" although another meeting is scheduled for Thursday morning.
While it's believed the Lakers and Clippers voting not to return to play was considered more a poll than a final decision, all other teams reportedly elected to restart the campaign.
The Bucks' boycott amid the NBA playoffs is a major escalation in the player's protests against police brutality and systematic racism in the United States.
"Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action," the Bucks players said in a statement.
"So our focus today cannot be on basketball."
Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry wrote on Twitter: "Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and org shows that we're fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen.
"I'm incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change."
The Orlando Magic issued a statement indicating the organisation's support for Milwaukee's decision.
"Today we stand united with the NBA Office, the National Basketball Players Association, the Milwaukee Bucks and the rest of the league condemning bigotry, racial injustice and the unwarranted use of violence by police against people of colour," the statement read.