National Basketball Association to allow social justice statements on Disney restart jerseys

Ross Houston
June 30, 2020

Chris Paul, the NBA Players Association union president, told ESPN's The Undefeated described the decision as part of a long list of social messaging the players and their partners plan to launch during the remainder of this year's truncated season.

The NBA basketball league may allow players to personalise their jerseys with statements that promote social justice issues or charitable causes.

Messages like "Black Lives Matter" or "I Can't Breathe" or the names of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or Ahmaud Arbery could replace the players' names on the backs of their uniforms.

Paul said he spoke to a lot of players, including those who are not African Americans and everyone supports the idea.

The Nets (30-34), who at the moment hold a 50 %-recreation guide for the No. 7 seed in the Japanese Meeting, will resume perform on July 31 with their initially of two remaining towards the eighth-location Magic (30-35). The league is nearly 75 percent Black according to data included in the 2019 NBA Complete Racial and Gender Report Card, released last week.

The NBA is scheduled to resume game action in a little over a month. The same can be said for No. 23 on the Los Angeles Lakers and scores of other National Basketball Association stars who will be taking their talents to Orlando to complete the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season.

For the 22 teams going to Disney, the setup of the eight-game slates will be largely the same - one back-to-back for each of the clubs, with all the games set to be played in a 16-day span ending August 14. The NBA will use three arenas at Disney, and aside from the two-game roster on opening night, four to seven games will take place each day.

There will be some very unusual elements, with games starting as early as 1 p.m. on weekdays, 12:30 p.m. on weekends and most nights seeing the slate end with 9 p.m. tip-offs - other than NBA Finals games, an absolute rarity for games being played on the East coast.

The NBA playoffs will begin August 17, and the NBA Finals are set to begin September 30 with a possible Game 7 on October 13.

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