August 2020

NBA to Restart Playoffs After League Agrees to New Social Justice Initiatives

The agreement was reached between the NBA and the league's player's union. It was announced Friday afternoon. As part of the agreement, the NBA playoffs are to resume on Saturday. We had a candid, impassioned and productive conversation yesterday between NBA players, coaches and team governors .., Statement Released by the NBA and NBA Players Union, via 'The New York Times'.... regarding next steps to further our collective efforts and actions in support of social justice and racial equality, Statement Released by the NBA and NBA Players Union, via 'The New York Times' As part of the agreement, NBA arenas will be used as polling stations for the 2020 presidential election in November. It also includes the creation of "a social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches and governors, that will be focused on a broad range of issues." The issues include "increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.” A boycott of the NBA playoffs was initiated by NBA players on Wednesday. It came in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WS. Blake was shot by police at least seven times in the back.