Last week, Marc J. Spears of ESPN reported that the NBA and NBPA reached an agreement that would allow players to replace the names on the back of their jerseys with a social message from a league-approved list of social messages. The list includes the following social messages, according to Spears’ report:
Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
NBA players decided against using the names of victims of police violence or racially-motivated attacks out of respect for the victims’ families, according to a separate report from Spears last week. Players will be permitted to change their jerseys back to their names after the first four nights.
Here is what each player from the Sacramento Kings will wear on the back of their jerseys in Orlando. Marvin Bagley III had decided to wear “Freedom” before being ruled out for the season.
Harrison Barnes: “Say Their Names”
Kent Bazemore: “Education Reform” (via Haynes)
Nemanja Bjelica: “Equality”
Bogdan Bogdanovic: “Sloboda” (“Freedom” in Serbian)
Corey Brewer: “Peace”
Yogi Ferrell: “How Many More”
De’Aaron Fox: “Anti-Racist”
Harry Giles: “Say Her Name”
Kyle Guy: “Black Lives Matter”
Buddy Hield: “Respect Us”
Richaun Holmes: “Black Lives Matter”
Justin James: “Peace”
DaQuan Jeffries: “Power To The People”
Cory Joseph: “Black Lives Matter”
Alex Len: “Peace”
Jabari Parker: “Group Economics”