We know that you were looking for something, anything, that would offer an escape from either COVID-19 or the Black Lives Matter idiocy. And with the NBA cranking back up after four months of hibernation due to the virus it was hoped that an escape was on the way.
But…nope. Politics are front and center.
The New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz are reportedly planning a joint protest of police brutality and racial injustice during the NBA’s season re-opening game Thursday night.
According to an ESPN report, the two teams have agreed to kneel around the phrase “Black Lives Matter” painted on the court at the NBA Bubble in Orlando, Florida’s Walt Disney World. They plan to do so during the national anthem.
The match up is the first NBA game since the season was paused by the coronavirus pandemic in March.
Both teams wanted to join together for a “united front” in protest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25, ESPN reports.
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry and other New Orleans coaches, as well as Jazz head coach Quin Snyder and his staff are expected to join in.
Multiple protests have taken place since the restart of sports leagues around the country, including in the MLB and WNBA. More NBA teams are expected to show similar displays as the season restarts.
The Pelicans and Jazz tip off at 5:30 p.m. CT Thursday on TNT.
New Orleans Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson returned to the NBA campus in Orlando Friday evening after leaving two weeks ago for an unspecified family emergency.
Williamson was tested for the coronavirus daily while he was gone and the team says he tested negative in all cases.
We’d offer analysis of this, but why bother? It’s all BS in service of a narrative. You either get the COVID business or you get the Black Lives Matter business. You aren’t allowed an escape from both. Pick which one you want to deal with.
And if you pick neither, then you get nothing.
Just remember that Louisiana boasts the best fishing grounds of any state in America. It isn’t necessary to be immersed in the NBA to find a pastime in this state.