The group agreed in principle that the goal of the season restart in Orlando will be to take collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice. Conversations also covered strategies to increase Black representation across the NBA and its teams, to ensure greater inclusion of Black-owned and operated businesses across league business activities and to form a foundation to expand educational and economic development opportunities across the Black community. No specific plans were finalized.
“The issues of systemic racism and police brutality in our country need to end,” Paul said in a statement. “As a union of NBA players and as a league, it is our job to use our collective platform to both put a spotlight on those issues and work to effect change. As players, we have taken a leadership role when it comes to using our voices and implementing practical solutions, but there is much work ahead both in Orlando and long-term to continue the momentum and bring about real, long-lasting change to our society.”