National Basketball Association players took a knee before kicking off the league's reopened season

Tanya Simon
August 1, 2020

Two important pieces will be absent from the Milwaukee Bucks' lineup when the team with the NBA's best record hits the court this week for the long-awaited restart.

The Los Angeles Lakers are set to face off against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday in a highly anticipated marquee matchup as the National Basketball Association gets set to resume the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season in Orlando, Fla.

Whenever the forward returns to the bubble at Walt Disney World Resort, he will have to quarantine for two days before being cleared to join his team.

Players had social justice messages like "Equality", "Education Reform" and "Say Their Names" on the back of their jerseys in place of their names.

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Queensland locals returning will need to separate in a hotel for 14 days at their own expenditure. Mr Miles said it was absolutely critical that anyone who is asked to quarantine does so.

Protests in the US began in response to the May 25 killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police but have continued as part of a broader movement against systemic racism.

"It has taken a very long time to get this sort of momentum going and it can't be lost", San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in the video, which showed images of large protests that formed in the wake of Floyd's death.

As expected, the first National Basketball Association games in more than four months featured pregame demonstrations from players in support of a nationwide protest movement against the excessive use of police force against Black people.

The Clippers, +325 favorites to win it all at BetMGM, enter the resumption of play second in the Western Conference standings at 44-20 - 5 1/2 games behind the Lakers.

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