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National Basketball Association planning to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on courts in Orlando

Report: NBA, WNBA courts to feature 'Black Lives Matter' when play resumes Report: NBA planning to paint ‘Black Lives Matter’ on courts in Orlando
Cary Erickson | 01 July, 2020, 11:56

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

The NBA is reportedly planning to paint "Black Lives Matter" near centre court and inside both sidelines of the three Orlando arenas that will be used when play resumes, according to Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

The NBA is going all out with the Black Lives Matter initiative at the Disney Bubble. Several NBA players considered skipping the NBA's resumption to focus on social justice issues.

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".

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Sources also told ESPN that the league and the players' union are discussing other ways in which they can draw attention to issues of racial justice and police brutality, including allowing players to display customized messages on the back of their uniforms instead of their names.

There are also rumblings WNBA players could use warm-up shirts with the words, "Say Her Name" written on them as a way to spotlight victims of police brutality including Breonna Taylor. Multiple NBA players have expressed concern about resuming play during a period of nationwide protests against racial inequality out of fear that the season would be a distraction.

WNBA players and many others were outraged that they would be fined after LeBron James and other National Basketball Association players wore "I Can't Breathe" warmup t-shirts in the wake of Eric Garner's death at the hands of NY police in 2014.