NBA League to paint 'Black Lives Matter' on courts

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2020

The NBA season is scheduled to resume in the Orlando area on July 30.

NBA organisers have approved to paint NBA courts with "Black Lives Matter" slogan, when the basketball season resumes next month in Florida, according to the USA media.

National Basketball Association officials have sought to reassure players of the league's commitment to social justice issues ahead of the season restart.

As part of the NBA's plan to highlight social just issues, the league and the players" union have chose to paint "Black Lives Matter' onto courts at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida when the season restarts next month.

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The court redesign comes on the heels of reports earlier this week, indicating that players in Orlando will be allowed to replace the last name on their jerseys with a statement about social justice.

Several high-profile players in both leagues participated in protests around the country.

"Black Lives Matter" has been painted on many streets throughout the United States following the murder of George Floyd and countless other Black individuals at the hand of law enforcement.

Sources also said some WNBA players have suggested in talks with league higher-ups that players wear shooting shirts with "Say Her Name" written on them in an attempt to keep attention on female victims of police brutality - including Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by police in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March. It's not hard to imagine that this is probably being done in response to certain players and fans who think the season resuming is irresponsible, calling it a "distraction" from the Black Lives Matter movement.

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