On the 30th of July, the NBA is supposed to be back, making happy the fans of the best league in the world. In the light of the tragic event that caused the death of George Floyd, the NBPL (the players association) came with the idea of social messages printed on the back of the jersey.
The approved list of social messages was decided between the NBPL and the NBA and contains the next titles: Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
In the past, in many other contexts, LeBron James and other Afro-American basketball players expressed their strong feelings against racism wearing different types of messages of solidarity. This time, King James and as well his teammate Anthony Davis won’t have any social lines written on the official jersey for the games. They will be between the very few guys without those messages, while around 350 NBA players will have them printed on the back of their jersey in Orlando.
LeBron James explained that no one of the 29 proposals made by the NBA is satisfying him. He would have liked to write another message for his jersey, that was not on the list, so he decided no to choose anything. Lebron James said that he has a different idea in his mind, but he encouraged the other players to wear social messages.
King James stated that he wanted to express something original, a unique phrase that resonates better with his mission, with his goals as a social leader.