31 Jul

Every person present at the opening game of the NBA's restarted season knelt in support of the Black Lives Matter movement during the national anthem before the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz played on Thursday night.

All players, coaches and staff members of the Pelicans and Jazz, along with all officials, wore shirts reading "BLACK LIVES MATTER", which was also printed on the court. Many locked arms with those next to them, while some players raised fists in the air.

The players and coaches on the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers also knelt prior to Thursday night's later game at ESPN Wide World of Sports campus near Orlando.

"The game of basketball has always been bigger than just the ball and the rim and 10 guys on the floor," Lakers star LeBron James said postgame on TNT. ราคาบอลวันนี้

"It's an opportunity to use this platform to be able to spread a lot of positive, a lot of love, throughout the whole world.

"We understand what is going on in society right now, and we're using this NBA platform as the players, as the coaches, as organizations to continue to stand strong on that. This is a good start. It's great to have the NBA back. I hope our fans are proud of us tonight."

Asked if the NBA is making a difference, James said: "There's been progress. But in the past when we've seen progress, we've let our foot of the gas a little bit. We can't do that. We want to continue to keep our foot on the gas, continue to push forward, continue to spread love throughout America.

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