NBA to paint Black lives matter on Disney courts

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The NBA and National Basketball Players Association plan to paint “Black Lives Matter” on all courts when the season restarts in July, Skysports reports. 

Earlier this month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league wanted to use its return as a way to increase awareness and to implement change in society.

 

The league and the NBPA have discussed methods to promote messages of equality and police reform since the death of George Floyd prompted nationwide and worldwide protests.

 

The NBA will use three arenas at the Disney site as 22 of the league's 30 teams conclude the regular season from July 30.

 

 

NBPA president Chris Paul, an Oklahoma City Thunder guard, recently told ESPN that the players have received permission from the league to wear words promoting social justice in place of their names on uniforms.

 

"We're just trying to continue to shed light on the different social justice issues that guys around our league continue to talk about day in and day out," Paul said.

 

 

"People are saying that social justice will be off of everybody's mind in Orlando. With these jerseys, it doesn't go away."

 

Paul said phrases such as "Black Lives Matter" or "I Can't Breathe" or the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or Ahmaud Arbery could be seen on jerseys. Taylor and Arbery, who were both unarmed, were also killed in shootings this year.

 

The WNBA also might follow the NBA's lead and put "Black Lives Matter" on its courts at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, for its 2020 season, according to ESPN.

 

 

The report added that WNBA players might wear pre-game shirts with the phrase, "Say Her Name," seeking to keep the focus on Taylor and other women who are victims of alleged police brutality.

 

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