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NBA rumors: Social justice statements to be allowed on player jerseys

NBA rumors: Social justice statements to be allowed on player jerseys

Much like the Premier League, NBA players reportedly will be allowed to make a statement with their jerseys when the 2019-20 season resumes next month in Orlando.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Saturday night, citing sources, that the NBA and the Players Association are working with Nike to allow players to replace their name on the back of their jersey with a social justice statement.

While all Premier League teams replaced player names with "Black Lives Matter" on the back of jerseys, it appears the NBA isn't limiting the players to that statement.

NBA players have voiced their concerns over the league resuming the 2019-20 season, believing the games might distract from the racial equality movement that's happening all over the country.

In the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black man, while in police custody in Minneapolis, protests have taken place nationwide. Black athletes all over the country have used their voice to push for change.

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In early June, several current and former Kings players, including Harrison Barnes, marched in a peaceful protest in downtown Sacramento.

If the NBA and the Players Association make this move official, expect several -- if not all -- Kings players to use their jerseys as platforms for change while in Orlando.

Kings vs. Nets live stream: How to watch NBA restart game online, on TV

Kings vs. Nets live stream: How to watch NBA restart game online, on TV

The Kings finally got off the bubble schneid Thursday when they picked up their first win in the NBA bubble by defeating the New Orleans Pelicans.

Now, Luke Walton's club must build on that momentum Friday against the Brooklyn Nets if they plan to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

The Nets are missing a number of key players in the bubble, but they still were able to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks earlier this week, showing you can't take anyone lightly.

After their win over the Pelicans, the Kings had a 2 percent chance to make the playoffs. A loss against the Nets would all but punch their ticket out of the bubble after the eight seeding games are concluded.

Here's how you can watch Kings vs. Pelicans online (download the MyTeams app here!) and on TV:

When: Friday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. PT (Kings Pregame Live starts at 10:00 a.m PT)
TV: NBC Sports California
Stream: MyTeams app

NBA odds: Where Kings' playoff hopes stand after first NBA restart win

NBA odds: Where Kings' playoff hopes stand after first NBA restart win

So you're telling me there's a chance.

The Kings stumbled out of the gates in the NBA restart, losing their first three games in the Orlando bubble. They bounced back with an impressive 140-125 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday, barely keeping their postseason chances alive.

Sacramento's playoff hopes aren't dead. However ...

They're mostly dead.

After defeating the Pelicans, the Kings' playoff odds according to FiveThiryEight stand at a whopping 2 percent. Of all the teams still alive in the Western Conference playoff race, only the San Antonio Spurs (1 percent) currently have worse odds.

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In order to qualify for a playoff spot, Sacramento would at least have to climb to ninth place in the Western Conference standings while remaining within four games of the eighth seed. The Kings currently sit 2.5 games behind the eighth-place Grizzlies, but currently have three other teams situated between them and Memphis.

The Kings dug themselves quite a hole. It's going to be awfully tough to dig themselves out of it.

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