The NBA has been working hard towards bringing attention to the systemic racism that has engulfed the United States of America. The Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court during a first-round series against the Orlando Magic last month. Other teams soon followed suit and the games were postponed for 3 days because of a 'players boycott'. In this latest NBA news update, we take a look at reactions from the players on Twitter following the recent verdict in Breonna Taylor case.
NBA News Update: Players react to Breonna Taylor verdict on Twitter
Breonna Taylor was brutally shot by 3 police officers in Louisville over 6 months ago. Today, the grand jury indicted only one officer on the charges of 'wanton endangerment'. Players across the league were furious about the fact that the a more severe punishment wasn't given out.
Players showed their frustration over the latest judgment, as they were expecting all three cops to be charged for murder. Isaiah Thomas and Demarcus Cousins were also among the players angered by the verdict in Breonna Taylor case on Twitter.
It should be noted that even though the grand jury gave out its verdict today, the FBI is still actively working on this case and may give out further charges in the future.
NBA News Update: Jeanie Buss sends out a special message to the LA Lakers fans
In another NBA news update, LA Lakers' owner Jeanie Buss shared an interaction she recently had with former NBA coach Phil Jackson. The 75-year-old coached the team during the Kobe Bryant era and won 5 championships with LA Lakers between 1999 to 2011.
After being inspired by Phil's recent message about being focussed on the task at hand, Jeanie asked the fans to support their team in a unique way for tomorrow's game. Jeanie said:
"Let's bring our energy for tomorrow's game. Light a candle at game time. Wear something purple or gold or both. Let's be present together but socially distanced."
Jeanie's special message to the fans has encouraged them to support their favorite team with an even greater energy. The LA Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals tomorrow.
NBA News Update: Kevin Garnett thinks the bubble wouldn't have worked in his era
Former NBA player Kevin Garnett recently spoke to the media about the challenges of playing in a bubble. The 2004 MVP had an illustrious career in the NBA from 1995 to 2016. Kevin was of the opinion that players from his generation could never be a part of the bubble. He said:
"We could have never been in a situation like this. It would've been chaotic. It would've been very difficult to put my timing and the guys that I played with and against into a bubble like this and have us not be like — we was high competitors. Everybody's damn near fighting every other play."
Garnett spoke about how the league was more intense back in the day and couldn't imagine a scenario where he could live peacefully with his competitors in the same bubble.
Published 24 Sep 2020, 02:14 IST