'Black Lives Matter' to be painted on NBA courts

Sources: NBA plans to paint 'Black Lives Matter' on courts in Orlando

According to ESPN, the National Basketball Association is looking for ways to express solidarity both with their players and with the Black Lives Matter movement and one suggestion was to paint "Black Lives Matter" on the sidelines at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex where the 2020 season is to be played.

Earlier this month, Kyrie Irving led a players-only conference call centred on unity, systemic racism and investing in communities with over 80 basketball players from the NBA and WNBA, according to multiple reports, which sparked broader conversations over how the NBA's return-to-play plan may impact the current racial justice movement across the United States.

Chris Paul also revealed to the union that players will be allowed to wear uniforms with personalized messages linked to social justice on the backs of their jerseys in place of players' last names.

Players from both leagues have participated in rallies across the U.S.to protest racial injustice and police brutality following George Floyd's death in police custody.

"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.

The WNBA is also discussing painting "Black Lives Matter" on the court when it begins its abbreviated 2020 season at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, sources said.

According to Paul, 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 uniforms.

Players' union president Chris Paul told ESPN's "The Undefeated" Saturday that "people are saying that social justice will be off of everybody's mind in Orlando", but "with these [customized] jerseys, it doesn't go away".

(For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website).



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