The news was first reported by ESPN
and it comes as athletes in all sports call for justice in the deaths of Blacks by the police. The leagues and players ’associations have previously announced the aim of taking collective action to fight systemic racism and promote social justice.
Many current and current NBA officials have published statements, made social media posts or written about protests after the death of George Floyd in police custody.
LeBron James posted an image on Instagram with one side showing the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and Colin Kaepernick kneeling with the other side with the words “This … … Is Why” and the caption “Do you understand NOW !!?? !! ?? Or is it still blaming you ?? #StayWoke.”
he wrote in a statement after Floyd’s death that he was “fundamentally sad, really hurt and angry.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar defended the protesters in a powerful operation for The Los Angeles Times earlier this month.
“African Americans have lived in a burning building for many years, drowning the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems to be invisible – even if you drown it – – until you leave the sun. Then see that it is everywhere, ”the Famer Hall wrote.
The 2019-2020 NBA season will resume July 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.