The NBA is planning to paint "Black Lives Matter" on the courts of the three arenas it uses for its 22-team season restart at the Walt Disney World Resort, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Zach Lowe reported.
The full report said that the league plans to emblazon the message across both on the inside of both sidelines. Lowe added in a tweet it would be visible near center court. The WNBA is also discussing painting "Black Lives Matter" on the courts at the IMG Academy for its season restart, but plans don't appear to be finalized yet.
Reporting with @ramonashelburne: the NBA is planning to paint Black Lives Matter near center court, inside both sidelines, in the arenas it uses for games in Orlando, sources told ESPN. Story comingsoon on ESPN about this and other potential messaging in NBA and WNBA.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 29, 2020
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said the league will prioritize giving players a platform to continue fighting for social justice during the restart amid multiple players - including Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley - voicing concerns that revving the league back up would serve only as a distraction from global protests, demonstrations and community action in the wake of George Floyd's death.
This report comes days after The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the league will allow players to print social justice-related messages of their choosing on the backs of their jerseys during play.
Report: NBA planning to paint 'Black Lives Matter' on courts during restart originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago