Malika Andrews explains how players are amplifying calls for social justice | SportsCenter

published on July 23, 2020

The nba is a week behind mlb in terms of opening up but the scrimmages in orlando continue a pace wizards and nuggets nikola jokic part of this monster lineup that the nuggets trotted out here's his thoughts on playing guards every other position the center that's

My favorite and i don't know i mean just to see uh i think it's gonna be for other guys to see how how tough how how hard is to play some other position this is mill all right let's check check

Out the guard here jokic snapping one to the seven two bowl bowl who lays in that's minutes kid he's got skills he can shoot knocks that one down very impressive nba

Debut 16 points 10 boards six blocks just a scrimmage nuggets beat the wizards 89-82 how about the magic and the clippers kawhi and paul george and that team getting ready to

Take on the home team orlando magic in this game clippers down two hawaii the george who goes baseline throws it into reverse third quarter now clippers by seven straight on three mr george and then

Kawhi stepping out and they're all falling clippers beat the magic 99-90 the final in that scrimmage so things going well for the clippers so far

Now there were fears in certain circles that when the hoops started up again the call for social justice would get back bernard that the highlights would drown out the message nba players seemed determined not to let

That happen as we saw with the sixers tobias harris monday when the entirety of his conversation with the media was to ask for the arrest of the officers involved in the briana taylor shooting

That very much the theme throughout the nba i take this time to give my condolences to the family of the taylors brianna taylor rest in peace george floyd rest in peace

There's so many others out there that have been convicted by or that have been brutally murdered by the hands of police i believe it's it goes a long way for players

Like myself in this league to know that you have owners and people that you you kind of work for um that you play for on your on your side and understand how important it is to get a you know represent the black community

All right sportscenter on the road thanks to rocket mortgage malika andrews has been in the bubble for the last few weeks and she joins us now malika we saw what uh

The players are saying what more can you tell us about what's going on across the league and how these guys are using their platforms to amplify their calls for social justice

Yeah like you said david players have maintained that they would not let the spotlight dim on social justice and on racial racial matters pushing putting pressure on governments

To make sure they are holding law enforcement accountable and so over the last couple of days we've seen an uptick in what i'm calling zoom activism that is players using their virtual media availability

Sessions to call for the arrests of detective brett henkeson miles causley and john mattingly excuse me miles cosgrove and john mattingly the

Three officers that are involved in the death of briona taylor and i've spoken to players over the last couple of days who've said you know what this is just the beginning once games

Come that is really going to be a platform for us to continue to make very strong pushes for racial equality and those games start a week from today uh so if you look out on the court we've

Got a lot more scrimmages today the spurs and bucks playing at three eastern and the bucks did get eric bledsoe back after he tested positive last week for coronavirus what are the what are they saying about

Having him back they are just excited to have him back one source on the team told me that when the players all had an off day and they were out on the golf course the other day and

And eric was not yet in orlando they actually facetimed him and said man we miss you come back we can't wait to have you and so now that he is finally in orlando they are very excited that he is here

But he is not going to be participating in the buck scrimmage today because he is still in quarantine and so you will most likely see giannis handling the ball a whole lot more

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