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NBA courts to have Black Lives Matter slogan

League organisers have agreed to paint NBA courts with the words "Black Lives Matter" when the basketball season resumes this month in Florida, United States media reports said.

NBA stars have been prominent supporters of the anti-racism protests that swept across the US following the death in May of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in police custody.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association are planning to paint the slogan inside the sidelines of all three arenas at Disney World in Orlando, ESPN reported yesterday.

USA Today said the slogans would be painted on two sides of each court - in front of the scorer's table and the broadcast booth.

The NBA is planning to go ahead with its restart plans for the coronavirus-delayed 2019/20 campaign on July 30.

Last week, ESPN reported that players could also be allowed to wear jerseys bearing slogans supporting social justice causes or charities instead of their names. - AFP

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