The NBA will officially resume the 2019-2020 season at Walt Disney World Resort. It will resume in July with team practices and games being played at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Arena, HP Field House and Visa Athletic Center.
But prior to resuming the NBA regular season, both the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are planning on painting “Black Lives Matter” on the courts located in all three of the arenas that the NBA will use at the Walt Disney World Resort.
But the NBA isn’t the only league planning this as reports are also saying the WNBA is discussing painting “Black Lives Matter” on the court as well. The WNBA season is set to resume its 2020 season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
According to ESPN, “Sources also said some WNBA players have suggested in talks with league higher-ups that players wear warm-up shirts with ‘Say Her Name’ 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 March in her home in Louisville, Kentucky.”
Once the NBA season resumes in Orlando, the painting of “Black Lives Matter” on the courts in only one of the ways the league wants to call attention to the movement. In fact, on Friday’s conference call with reporters, both the NBA and the NBPA said that they were discussing several different ways to use the NBA’s platform to bring awareness to racial equality, social justice and police brutality.
Chris Paul, the president of the players’ union, told ESPN that “the league and union were collaborating to allow players to wear uniforms with personalized messages linked to social justice on the backs of their jerseys in place of players’ last names”.
The “Black Lives Matter” movement is extremely important to the NBA and the WNBA as players have even insisted that “the fight for racial equality and social justice be a central part of the NBA’s return to play and the WNBA’s new season”. Reports state that several NBA players planned to skip the resumed NBA season as they wanted to focus on the movement and social justice issues.
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