NBA season restarts with a nod to Black Lives topic and a pair of games …


LeBron James was clutch at the end. First, he scored what turned out to be the game-winning shot by getting the offensive rebound on his own missed shot and laying it in. On the other end of the floor, he defended the Clippers’ two stars, Kawhi Leonard and then Paul George, to deny the Clippers from scoring. The Lakers won, 103-101. The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104.

But the restart of the NBA season was bigger than basketball. Every NBA player kneeled during the national anthem, wearing “Black Lives Matter” shirts.

About season
A season is a division of the year marked by changes in weather, ecology, and the amount of daylight. On Earth, seasons are the result of Earth’s orbit around the Sun and Earth’s axial tilt relative to the ecliptic plane. In temperate and polar regions, the seasons are marked by changes in the intensity of sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface, variations of which may cause animals to undergo hibernation or to migrate, and plants to be dormant. Various cultures define the number and nature of seasons based on regional variations.
The Northern Hemisphere experiences more direct sunlight during May, June, and July, as the hemisphere faces the Sun. The same is true of the Southern Hemisphere in November, December, and January. It is Earth’s axial tilt that causes the Sun to be higher in the sky during the summer months, which increases the solar flux. However, due to seasonal lag, June, July, and August are the warmest months in the Northern Hemisphere while December, January, and February are the warmest months in the Southern Hemisphere.

In temperate and sub-polar regions, four seasons based on the Gregorian calendar are generally recognized: spring, summer, autumn or fall, and winter. Ecologists often use a six-season model for temperate climate regions which are not tied to any fixed calendar dates: prevernal, vernal, estival, serotinal, autumnal, and hibernal. Many tropical regions have two seasons: the rainy, wet, or monsoon season and the dry season. Some have a third cool, mild, or harmattan season. “Seasons” can also be dictated by the timing of important ecological events such as hurricane season, tornado season, and wildfire season. The most historically important of these are the three seasons—flood, growth, and low water—which were previously defined by the former annual flooding of the Nile in Egypt.

Seasons often hold special significance for agrarian societies, whose lives revolve around planting and harvest times, and the change of seasons is often attended by ritual. The definition of seasons is also cultural. In India, from ancient times to the present day, six seasons or Ritu based on south Asian religious or cultural calendars are recognised and identified for purposes such as agriculture and trade.

NBA season restarts with a nod to Black Lives Matter and 2 games …

About restarts

In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, NBA players and other athletes have been vocal in their calls for social justice as America reckons with racism and the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of police.

James has been among the most outspoken NBA players.

NBA season restarts with a nod to Black Lives Matter and 2 games …

“The game of basketball has always been bigger than just a ball and a rim and 10 guys on the floor, four referees,” James said early Friday, speaking to Turner Sports following the Lakers’ win.

“We used this platform to spread a lot of positive, a lot of love throughout the course of the whole world,” he continued.

The season was suspended on March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but James, other players and the league hope this restart is a step in a positive direction.

“We understand what’s going on in society right now and we’re using this NBA platform as the players, as the coaches, as organizations to continue to stand strong on that,” he said. “It’s a good start, it’s a good start tonight. It’s great to have the NBA back and I hope our fans are proud of us tonight.”

Why Black Lives Matter

In June, James and other athletes formed More Than A Vote, aiming to protect Black voting rights. NBA stars Trae Young and Draymond Green, WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith and former NBA star and current commentator Jalen Rose are a few of the other athletes involved with More Than A Vote.

After Thursday’s game, James stressed that while there’s been progress and the league has been supportive of Black Lives Matters efforts, there’s more work to be done.

NBA players are dedicating their post-game interviews to Breonna Taylor

“In the past when we’ve seen progress, we’ve let our foot off the gas a little bit. We can’t do that. We want to continue to keep our foot on the gas, continue to push forward, continue to spread love throughout America.”

The fight against racism and police brutality is far from over, according to James. He and others want the momentum to continue because people are finally listening.

James also made sure to acknowledge how former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who famously began kneeling during the national anthem prior to the start of NFL games in 2016, sacrificed his career to draw attention to the unjust deaths of Black Americans.

After the death of Floyd, James posted an image on Instagram with one side showing the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and Kaepernick kneeling on the other side with the words “This… … Is Why” and the caption “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you?? #StayWoke.”

In the years since Kaepernick’s silent protests, more people are listening and rethinking their stances on systemic racism.

“I hope we made Kaep proud,” James said. “I hope we continue to make Kaep proud. Every single day I hope I make him proud on how I live my life, not only out on a basketball floor but off the floor.”

“Kaep was someone who stood up when at times wasn’t comfortable, when people didn’t understand, when people refused to listen to what he was saying.”