The NBA and NBPA have set up the Social Justice Coalition Board made up of players, coaches and team owners “to advance equality and social justice.”
The Board per Shams Charania:
- Governors: Micky Arison (Miami Heat), Steve Ballmer (Los Angeles Clippers), Clay Bennett (Oklahoma City Thunder), Marc Lasry (Milwaukee Bucks), Vivek Ranadive (Sacramento Kings)
- Players: Carmelo Anthony, Avery Bradley, Sterling Brown, Donovan Mitchell, Karl-Anthony Towns
- Coaches: Lloyd Pierce, Doc Rivers
NBA commissioner Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts will also be on the Board.
This group was created as part of a list of initiatives/commitments that the league and players have worked on together.
The newly-created group focuses on a broad range of topics including increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform.
It came about in the aftermath of the Bucks leading teams to walk out of games in the Orlando bubble in late August in the wake of the Jacob Blake shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.