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Damian Lillard: There is no off-season for change

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The 2020 NBA season, the longest in the history of the league, is officially over.

It ended late Sunday night when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win the franchise's record-tying 17th NBA title.

For Trail Blazers, their season ended long ago. It was August 29, to be exact,  when they lost Game 5 of the first-round series against the Lakers and left the NBA bubble.

While the game ended for the Blazers, and now the entire league, the work is just getting started.

The return to play in Orlando was dedicated to social justice. To help end racism around the world. 

While the game is entering the off-season, those fighting for racial equality know there is never an off-season in their fight.

In fact, Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard recently posted a video in conjunction with ADIDAS sharing that message loud and clear.

This season is coming to an end. But there is no off-season. No off-season for respect, justice, liberation, freedom, equality, or to say her, his, and their names. This season is coming to an end. But the work continues.

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There is an old saying that you often hear athletes utter, "the work is never done."

Athletes must continue to use their platforms to enact change in this world and normalize having the uncomfortable conversations that need to be had. 

Like Lillard said, "there is no off-season."