NBA season restarts with a nod to Black Lives Matter
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers took their game to the last minute on Thursday — just like the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans did earlier in the night.
LeBron James scored what turned out to be the game-winning shot by getting the offensive rebound on his own missed shot and laying it in.
He defended the Clippers’ two stars, Kawhi Leonard and then Paul George, to deny the Clippers from scoring.
The Lakers won, 103-101. The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104.
The NBA season resumed with a bigger start than the basketball. Every NBA player kneeled during the national anthem, wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts.
In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, NBA players and other athletes have come out and asked for social justice.LeBron James has been one of the most outspoken NBA players.
“The game of basketball has always been bigger than just a ball and a rim and 10 guys on the floor, four referees,” James said early Friday, speaking to Turner Sports following the Lakers’ win.”
We used this platform to spread a lot of positive, a lot of love throughout the course of the whole world,” he continued.
The current season was canceled on March 11 due to the pandemic. Now the players are hoping the restart will be a positive step in a good direction.
“We understand what’s going on in society right now and we’re using this NBA platform as the players, as the coaches, as organizations to continue to stand strong on that,” he said. “It’s a good start, it’s a good start tonight. It’s great to have the NBA back and I hope our fans are proud of us tonight.”
After the game, James stressed that there’s been progress and the league has been fully supportive of Black Lives Matter’s efforts, there’s more work to be done.
“In the past when we’ve seen progress, we’ve let our foot off the gas a little bit. We can’t do that. We want to continue to keep our foot on the gas, continue to push forward, continue to spread love throughout America.”
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