NBA Re-Start: A Whole New Game

This is personal, but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. The same sentiment can be said for the social injustices that has occurred in the United States during the last few months and all the while the entire world has been crippled by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Again this is personal but as stated above there’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

That light for some will come in the form of the NBA’s Re-Start which will occur Thursday evening and for others it’s deeper.  Not only will the NBA cause a necessary distraction, a slight return to normalcy, the league’s stance on highlighting social injustice will be on full display.

From displaying Black Lives Matter on center court, to the players themselves, many displaying social justice messaging on the back of their jerseys, the NBA has been at the forefront of not only how to adjust and prosper in this new Covid-19 world but also how to make a stand with a somewhat united front.  From the numerous calls from the league’s players who want justice for Breonna Taylor to Kyrie Irving making an announcement Monday that he will donate $1.5 million to WNBA players who currently aren’t playing due to Covid-19 and or to fight for social justice, this league is and will continue to be at the standard bearers of social issues.

“The funds will come from the KAI Empowerment Initiative that Irving launched Monday. It will also provide players with a financial literacy program created by UBS. Irving said that with the help of WNBA players Natasha Cloud — who chose to sit out — and Jewell Loyd, he connected with several WNBA players who discussed with him the challenges they faced in deciding whether to play. The season began Saturday and will be played entirely at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.” — Associated Press

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