Even without any live basketball, the NBA has been at the forefront of speaking out against racism and inequality concerning the killing of George Floyd. Current and former players, coaches and executives have stepped up to the task to denounce systemic racism. The Spurs’ Twitter account released a three-minute video of head coach Gregg Popovich speaking about to unrest within the country.
Pop does an exceptional job of encompassing what the problem is and what it will take to prevent it from persisting. Witnessing the modern day version of a lynching, as he said, sparked something in Popovich. As a result, he's calling on others to help him in this fight against racism.
Alongside Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, Pop has led the way in terms of having conversations surrounding race as a social and political issue not only in sports, but in American society. With the creation of the Committee on Racial Injustice and Reform by the NBA Coaches Association, this opens the door for the league and its personnel to engage in a larger dialogue about what can be done to combat racism at its deep-rooted core in America.