With the NBA seeking to move forward in finishing this year’s season, the league had reportedly been allowed to make a statement in replacing players’ names upon the back of their jerseys as the season resumes next month in Orlando.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Saturday, that the basketball league together with the Players Association are working with Nike in making this thing happen.
Upon this action, the NBA secures that their own basketball players are heard and be a strong influence
by taking advantage of the platform of playing NBA games.
“A shared goal of our season restart will be to use our platform in Orlando to bring attention to these important issues of social justice,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last week.
In line with this, several players have been taking massive action towards helping the society, while other players have voiced out concerns about resuming the season as the games might serve as a distraction from the racial equality movement that’s taking place all over the country.
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul told ESPN’s Marc Spears that the Players Association is working towards the league to allow the change.
Instead of a player’s last name, the back of his jersey might bear the name of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor or phrases like “Black Lives Matter” or “I Can’t Breathe.”
“People are saying that social justice will be off of everybody’s mind in Orlando,” Paul told Spears. “With these jerseys, it doesn’t go away.”
Paul also added that players could also promote other causes and charities not related to social injustice, while no player will be forced to participate.
“The guys I talked to were definitely excited,” Paul told Spears. “The reason I’m passionate and excited about it is that it gives a voice to the voiceless.”
The NBA season will resume on July 30 at Disney World.
Paul has been massively using his platform to call for increased voter turnout.
The OKC Thunder point guard filmed a video Saturday night for the 13th annual Roots Picnic, which partnered with When We All Vote.
“Only 40% of Black people ages 18 to 24 voted in 2016,” Paul said. “That is not OK, but we can change that.”
“For centuries, Black people in America have had to fight for equal rights and justice under the law. When we organize, when we strategize, when we come together, and when we vote, we have the ability to change things. We can make our communities stronger, and overall we can make our country stronger, but we have to come together.”
Paul is a co-chair of When We All Vote, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that aims to increase voters’ participation as they seek to minimize the voting gap upon race and age for every election.
The organization was launched in 2018 by Paul and co-chairs Michelle Obama, Janelle Monae, Tom Hanks, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
“Voting for leaders at every level of government is a foundational step to ensure that the justice system reflects the values of the communities they serve,” Paul said. “Join us today by getting ready and getting registered to vote.”