The NBA is planning to paint “Black Lives Matter” on the court inside both sidelines in all three arenas it will use at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, when it resumes the 2019-20 season late next month, according to ESPN.
Players have insisted 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.
Several NBA players considered skipping the NBA’s Florida resumption to focus on social justice issues.
On a conference call with reporters Friday, leaders of both the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association said the league and union were discussing several methods of using the NBA’s platform in Orlando to call attention to racial equality, social justice and police brutality. Over the weekend, Chris Paul, 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 NBA resumes at Walt Disney World July 30th.