When the NBA returns in late July, the league's playing courts will have an extra feature on them.
The league is planning on painting 'Black Lives Matter' on all three courts that will be used for games during next month's Orlando restart, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelbourne.
Reporting with @ramonashelburne: the NBA is planning to paint Black Lives Matter near center court, inside both sidelines, in the arenas it uses for games in Orlando, sources told ESPN. Story coming soon on ESPN about this and other potential messaging in NBA and WNBA.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 29, 2020
The decision to paint 'Black Lives Matter' on the court comes at a time of civil unrest in America following the killing of George Floyd on May 25. Multiple players across the league participated in several protests nationwide, demanding racial equality and social justice.
According to ESPN, several players wanted the league to make social justice a priority during the NBA's restart. Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving and Lakers center Dwight Howard were among multiple players who publicly questioned whether the NBA should restart its season while the fight for social justice is at the forefront of societal issues.
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The WNBA, which is set to begin in late July as well, is also considering the idea. Several players, including the Mystics' Natasha Cloud, have decided to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season to continue to be on the frontlines in the fight for social justice.
Additionally, the NBA will also allow players to wear messages related to social justice causes on the back of their uniforms in place of their last names.
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