On Aug. 26, in the wake of Jacob Blake’s shooting in their home state, the Bucks declined to play. On Sept. 8, the Heat sent them home. Both dates define the team, in some way. It would have been a story for the ages if the Bucks won a championship a few weeks after starting a multisport walkout for social justice. But it was a story for the ages anyway. Each Buck—we are talking individuals now, not just the collective that appears on the floor—will carry the walkout around forever. Strangers will thank them. Some people who didn’t understand it in 2020 will get it in 2030. The meaning might evolve over time, as time provides clarity, but they will remain proud.
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