As the NBA gears up for a return, the league continues to mull over ways that it can support social justice movements in the country while giving players a platform to make their voices heard.

One of those measures will include the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ painted along the sidelines at the courts in Orlando, per ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Ramona Shelburne.

Many NBA players, most notably including Kyrie Irving, have expressed concerns about returning to play while Black Lives Matter remains in the news cycle, and the league has continued to explore ways that it can prop up player advocacy when the action resumes.

It looks like another one of those ways will be custom nameplates on the backs of players’ jerseys that will read a social justice statement of the player’s choosing, and the personal touch should lead to some impactful messages on the court when basketball comes back.



The #NBA will allow their players to use their name bars to send social justice statements.

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