The NBA restarted its season in the Orlando bubble amid a national outcry for racial justice sparked by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Those cries were renewed Sunday when Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back several times by Wisconsin police.
Blake was shot at least seven times by police while opening his car door in Kenosha, WI. According to his lawyers, at least one of the bullets struck his spinal cord, reportedly paralyzing him from the waste down.
NBA star LeBron James condemned the shooting following the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 4 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday. Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers addressed it following their Game 5 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night, and delivered a passionate speech that needs to be heard.
Rivers' comments immediately were echoed and appreciated by many throughout the sports world, including Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
"Thank you for this Doc!" Thompson wrote. "So powerful and nothing but facts! My prayers go out to Jacob and his family, and to the ones on the frontlines in Kenosha demanding justice!"
The NBA might be in a bubble, but the ongoing issue of racial inequality is one that pervades it. Rivers' emotional plea is yet another reminder of that -- and that we unfortunately still have so much further to go.