The NBA will continue their play-offs after Saturday’s players strike. This was announced by the league and the players’ union (NBPA) on Friday.
The players agreed on some concrete measures with the league. Among other things, a joint committee is to be set up directly to deal with the issues of access to elections, strengthening social engagement and changes in the police and judiciary. In addition, in every city in which the local NBA team owns the venue, it is to become a polling station for the presidential election in November. Despite Corona, a secure option for personal voting should be guaranteed. In addition, commercials will be shown at upcoming play-offs to help raise awareness among voters of access to elections and their choices.
“His Airness” Michael Jordan as mediator
The key figure in the players’ discussions about how to proceed was apparently the greatest basketball player in history: Michael Jordan. As several media reported unanimously, “His Airness”, the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets and thus the only black person in this position in an NBA franchise, contacted Chris Paul: The star of Dennis Schröder’s club Oklahoma City Thunder is the president of the NBA -Players Association. Jordan offered Paul to raise the players’ concerns at a club owner’s meeting.
At the virtual meeting of the club bosses, Jordan urged his colleagues to listen to the players before making decisions, according to meeting participants. He also owns a team in a small market. He has great credibility with the players and with the owners.
The club owners of the NBA have so far been largely open to the concerns of the players. They allowed them to wear messages on their shirts in the Florida bubble. They want to put $ 300 million into projects over the next ten years that will improve the economic situation of black people.
The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their play-off game against Orlando Magic on Wednesday, triggering a wave of protest in US sports . They reacted to the Jacob Blake case with a drastic step.
The black man was shot from behind by white police officers last weekend. The 29-year-old apparently hit seven bullets in the back. The crime took place in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Milwaukee is in the same state.