The phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ has been painted on the main court at the NBA’s new ‘bubble’ facility in Orlando, Florida.
All games will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort for the restart of the season, which was interrupted in March by the coronavirus crisis.
League officials had vowed the BLM movement would be prominently represented when the season recommenced, and that promise appears to have been fulfilled.
“The NBA season resumes on July 30 in Orlando,” the NBA on ESPN tweeted on Tuesday, along with a video clip. “Here is a closer look at the court, which features the phrase ‘Black Lives Matter’ on it.”
The NBA season resumes on July 30 in Orlando.
Here is a closer look at the court, which features the phrase "Black Lives Matter" on it.
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 21, 2020
Here is the NBA restart court in Orlando: the spaced out chairs are the socially distanced bench, Black Lives Matter is written on the court. pic.twitter.com/XGJu1w4QLC
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) July 21, 2020
Additionally, ‘Black Lives Matter’ flags reportedly decorate the driveway leading up to the sports complex.
The driveway leading to the arena in Orlando is dotted with flags of team logos and “Black Lives Matter” flags. pic.twitter.com/TgE2QcfDrx
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) July 20, 2020
Players have been given the option to replace their names on jerseys with ‘social justice messages.’
Congrats to everyone who bravely displays an NBA Approved message on the back of their jersey this season, such as "Group Economics" pic.twitter.com/yIB2igoyae
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) July 4, 2020
A total of 29 messages were approved for use, including “Say Their Names,” “I Can’t Breathe,” “Anti-Racist,” “Group Economics,” and “Sí Se Puede.”
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