Earlier this month, the league reached an agreement with the National Basketball Players Association on which social justice messages can be displayed on the backs of jerseys.
According to a ESPN, the NBA allowed players to only display their social justice messages for the first four games of the restart. After that, the messages can remain, but they must have their last name beneath that.
The NBA and NBA Player’s Association agreed to a list of 29 messages that can be displayed on the back of player’s jerseys. On Wednesday afternoon, NBA reporter Chris Haynes revealed the choices a few players made.
According to Haynes, Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard will have “How Many More” on the back of his jersey. Both Boston Celtics forward Enes Kanter and Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III will have “Freedom” on theirs’.
Yahoo Sources: NBA social justice statements to be worn on back of jerseys for the restart:
Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard: “How Many More?”
Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter: “Freedom.”
Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III: “Freedom.”
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 8, 2020
Basketball officially returns on July 30 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Up first are two colossal matchups that feature LeBron James and Zion Williamson. The New Orleans Pelicans face off against the Utah Jazz in the first game of the restart.
LeBron and the Lakers will follow that up with a meeting against the Los Angeles Clippers and two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
Zion vs. Donovan Mitchell and LeBron vs. Kawhi Leonard should give fans plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.
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