NBA Boycott Is Unprecedented; But One Almost Happened In 1964, And One Did Happen In 1961
What we witnessed in the NBA was unprecedented. What began with the Milwaukee Bucks deciding to boycott their playoff game against the Orlando Magic quickly morphed into a postponement of all three scheduled NBA playoff games Wednesday.
What is known is that there is precedent for players using a boycott to get a message across, although when it happened in 1964 it was not political and did not explicitly involve race and/or police brutality. It involved issues regarding pensions, and the players won.