"The hardest thing that happened to me in the game today was kneeling for two minutes,” Rivers said. “Like, my knee was hurt. And in the middle of it, I’m thinking, ‘In two minutes my knee is hurting, yet there was a guy that had his knee on someone’s neck for eight minutes.’
Thybulle, Richardson among Sixers to wear messages
Some players Thursday night had social justice messages on their jerseys. Prior to the official restart, the NBA released the list of players on every team who are using that platform.
“I think back to being a kid. Only education I had on voting was 'Schoolhouse Rock.' And how many of us still remember those songs? It’s not something that’s spoken about enough," Thybulle said.
Richardson explained why he chose “Say Their Names.”
“I’m just trying to be a vessel for this movement that’s finally happening," he said.
“And you can go down the list. Breonna Taylor is at the forefront. George Floyd, Michael Brown. On a smaller scale, where I’m from (in Edmond, Oklahoma), a kid named Isaiah Lewis was killed by police unarmed, and it’s just it’s too many instances of it happening.”
Richardson said he’ll keep raising awareness and hopefully people will continue to notice.
“This is bigger than basketball, and I know there are probably plenty of guys who were thinking about of not even coming to this bubble (in Orlando) because of everything that’s happening right now, me included. So, we’re here, we love basketball, we’re trying to win a championship, but at the same time, there’s a bigger thing going on that we’re all honestly here for.”
Fitting return for basketball
Both games on Thursday went down the wire.