The NBA, perhaps as a response to several players opining that the bubble season would take away from the important protests continuing to rage across the country, released a list of approved social justice messages that the athletes can wear on their uniforms.
"Black Lives Matter," "Say Their Names," and "I Can't Breathe" are among the many messages that have been permitted. Some players have expressed their disappointment with the list, including the Celtics' Jaylen Brown, who would like more options (according to Tom Westerholm of MassLive).
However, many players are using the opportunity to select the messages which they find most important to share, while some are opting not to use any of the messages at all.
"Equality" is the message that will be seen on the largest amount of jerseys, followed by "Black Lives Matter" (according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN). Below you'll find a list, sorted by team, of the messages that players will be displaying on their jerseys throughout the resumed NBA season.
This list is inconclusive and comprised of only players on the 22 teams in Orlando who have shared their messages. Unless otherwise noted, message choices retrieved from NBA.com.
Jayson Tatum, Daniel Theis - "Black Lives Matter"
Vincent Porier - "Égalité" (French for "Equality")
Tacko Fall - "Liberté" (French for "Freedom")
Javonte Green, Romeo Langford, Brad Wanamaker - "Enough"
Grant Williams, Carson Edwards - "Equality"
Enes Kanter - "Freedom"
Jaylen Brown - As mentioned above, Brown was disappointed in the limited amount of messages available. He also said that he thinks the restart will "enhance, rather than dim" the social justice movement. In terms of what he'll wear, he was "leaning toward just leaving it blank," but instead went with "Liberation".
Gordon Hayward - "Education Reform"
Kemba Walker, Semi Ojeleye - "Love Us"
The Nets released a video featuring each of their players' choices.
Jarrett Allen - "Si Se Puede"
Justin Anderson - "Equality"
Chris Chiozza - "Black Lives Matter"
Jamal Crawford - "Equality"
Donta Hall - "Equality"
Joe Harris - "Equality"
Tyler Johnson - "How Many More"
Rodions Kurucs - "Peace"
Caris LeVert - "Black Lives Matter"
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot - "Liberte"
Jeremiah Martin - "How Many More"
Dzanan Musa - "Peace"
Garrett Temple - "Education Reform"
Lance Thomas - "Say Her Name"
The entire Mavericks team will wear the same word on their uniforms -- “Equality” -- though in the case of foreign-born players like Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, the word will be translated into their native languages (via Mike Fisher).
According to Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports, the social justice messages selected are as follows:
The team has also reportedly been taking pictures with messages like "Vote" and "Time for a change" amid the Denver skyline, according to Alex Labidou of Nuggets.com.
Will Barton said he opted not to wear a message, giving the following explanation (via ABC7 Amarillo):
"If we think just us going out there, putting names on the back of our jerseys and still talking about it in the media is going to fix anything, we're fooling ourselves."
Russell Westbrook, Robert Covington - "Black Lives Matter"
Russell Westbrook and the NBPA have partnered up to release a number of shirts with social justice messages.
Eric Gordon, Michael Frazier - "Equality"
Luc Mbah a Moute - "Justice"
Bruno Caboclo, Chris Clemons - "Justice Now"
Jeff Green - "Vote"
Star James Harden says he hadn't decided whether or not he would use a social justice message earlier on, and ultimately opted not to wear one.
Ben McLemore says that he will rock customized social justice shoes, one of which is inscribed with "Black Lives Matter" and the other of which reads "Equality" (via DuBose). He has not yet spoken on the message he'll use for his jersey.
Tyson Chandler - The veteran center will not wear a message.
Jeremy Lamb, Victor Oladipo - "Black Lives Matter"
Goga Bitadze, TJ Leaf, T.J. McConnell, Doug McDermott, Naz Mitrou-Long, Ekmond Sumner - "Equality"
Domantis Sabonis - "Mes Lygus" (Lithuanian for "Equality"
JaKarr Sampson - "Freedom"
Malcolm Brogdon - "I Can't Breathe"
Alize Johnson, T.J. Warren - "Justice"
Myles Turner - "Respect Us"
Justin Holiday - "Say Their Names"
Brian Bowen II - "Vote"
Los Angeles Clippers
Kawhi Leonard, Paul George - Leonard opted not to use a message, saying "It doesn’t matter if we have a statement on the back of our jersey, it’s about doing the work" (via Mark Medina of USA Today). George will also be without a message.
Patrick Beverley - Beverley will be wearing his last name. When questioned about his jersey, the guard responded "it's gonna be Beverley. Doesn't it say enough?"
Jamychal Green - "Black Lives Matter"
Marcus Morris - "Education Reform"
Montrezl Harrell, Amir Coffey - "How Many More?"
Ivica Zubac - "Enough"
Landry Shamet, Lou Williams - "Equality"
Terance Mann, Patrick Patterson - "I Am A Man"
Joakim Noah - "Justice"
Reggie Jackson - "Liberation"
Rodney McGruder - "Peace"
Los Angeles Lakers
Lebron James - LeBron will go without a message on his jersey, saying that going with one of the messages on the list "didn't really seriously resonate" with his mission and that he doesn't need a message for people to know what his goals are.
Anthony Davis - Davis, like LeBron, opted not to go with a message, saying that he was torn but that representing his family is very important to him.
Danny Green - "How Many More?"
JaVale McGee - “Respect Us”
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - KCP says he's leaning toward staying with his name as opposed to using a message.
Alex Caruso, Dion Waiters, Talen Horton-Tucker - "Black Lives Matter"
Quinn Cook - "Say Their Names"
Markieff Morris - "Education Reform"
JR Smith, Devontae Cacok - "Justice Now"
Kostas Antetokounmpo - "Peace"
Justise Winslow - "Speak Up"
De'Anthony Melton - No Message
Gorgui Dieng - "Black Lives Matter"
Ja Morant, Grayson Allen - "Enough"
Marko Guduric, John Konchar - "Equality"
Anthony Tolliver - "Group Economics"
Josh Jackson - "I Am A Man"
Tyus Jones - "I Can't Breathe"
Kyle Anderson - "Listen To Us"
Brandon Clarke, Yuta Watanabe - "Peace"
Jaren Jackson Jr. - "Vote"
The Heat released all of their players' decisions on Twitter.
You can read more about Butler's decision to wear a blank jersey here.
Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Pat Connaughton, Donte DiVincenzo - "Equality"
Khris Middleton, Kyle Korver, Marvin Williams, D.J. Wilson - "Black Lives Matter"
Eric Bledsoe - "Freedom"
Frank Mason - "How Many More"
Ersan Ilyasova - "Justice"
George Hill, Brook Lopez - "Justice Now"
Sterling Brown - "Liberation"
Robin Lopez - "Stand Up"
Wesley Matthews - "Vote"
New Orleans Pelicans
Lonzo Ball, Jaxson Hayes, E'Twaun Moore, Jahlil Okafor - Equality
Jrue Holiday, Josh Hart, JJ Redick, Zylan Cheatham - "Say Their Names"
Sindarius Thornwell - "Black Lives Matter"
Brandon Ingram - "Freedom"
Kenrich Williams - "I Can't Breathe"
Derrick Favors - "Listen To Us"
Zion Williamson, Frank Jackson - "Peace"
Darius Miller - "Power to the People"
Nicolo Melli - "Uguaglianza" (Italian for "Equality")
Nickiel Alexander-Walker - "Vote"
Oklahoma City Thunder
Hamidou Diallo, Terrance Ferguson, Dennis Schroder – "Black Lives Matter"
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Nerlens Noel – "Equality"
Chris Paul – "Equality"
Andre Roberson – "I Am A Man"
Devon Hall – "Love Us"
Mike Muscala, Abdel Nader – "Peace"
Steven Adams – "Kia Kaha" (Māori for "Stay Strong")
Luguentz Dort – "Respekte Nou" (Haitian Creole for "Respect Us")
Kevin Hervey – "Shalom" (Hebrew for "Peace")
Danilo Gallinari – "Giustizia" (Italian for "Justice")
Aaron Gordon - "Freedom"
Nikola Vucevic, DJ Augustin, Melvin Frazier Jr. - “Equality”
Vic Law - "Antiracist"
Mo Bamba - "Black Lives Matter"
Robert Johnson - "How Many More"
Evan Fournier - "Justice"
James Ennis - "Justice Now"
Michael Carter-Williams - "Liberation"
Gary Clark, Markelle Fultz - "Respect Us"
Joel Embiid - The three-time All-Star says that he plans to wear his last name on the back of his jersey, as usual.
Matisse Thybulle - "Vote"
Al Horford - Horford told media he will not have a message on his jersey, agreeing with Mike Scott that the league should not have limited players to a certain list of messages.
Alec Burks - "Enough"
Furkan Korkmaz, Raul Neto - "Equality"
Kyle O'Quinn - "Hear Us"
Josh Richardson - "Say Their Names"
Kelly Oubre - "Peace"
DeAndre Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Jevon Carter - “Respect Us”
Dario Saric - "Antiracist"
Ty Jerome - "Enough"
Aron Baynes, Devin Booker, Cam Johnson, Frank Kaminsky, Jalen Lecque, Elie Okobo, Cameron Payne - "Equality"
Cheick Diallo - "Freedom"
Ricky Rubio - "Justice"
Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard, Hassan Whiteside - "How Many More?"
CJ McCollum - "Education Reform"
Jusuf Nurkic - "Ravnopravnost" (Bosnian for "Equality")
Zach Collins, Nassir Little - "Black Lives Matter"
Anfernee Simons, Jaylen Adams - "I Can't Breathe"
Carmelo Anthony - "Peace"
Wenyen Gabriel - "Antiracist"
Gary Trent Jr. - "I Am A Man"
Jaylen Adams, Anfernee Simons - "I Can't Breathe"
Mario Hezonja - "Stand Up"
Jaylen Hoard - "Égalité" (French for "Equality")
All members of the Kings did select a message, per Sean Cunningham.
De'Aaron Fox - "Antiracist"
Marvin Bagley III - "Freedom"
Bogdan Bogdanovic - "Sloboda" (Serbian for "Freedom")
Kent Bazemore - "Education Reform"
Yogi Ferrell - "How Many More"
Harry Giles - "Say Her Name"
Harrison Barnes - "Say Their Names"
Buddy Hield - "Respect Us"
Nemanja Bjelica - "Equality"
Corey Brewer, Justin James, Alex Len - "Peace"
Jabari Parker - "Group Economics"
DaQuan Jeffries - "Power To The People"
Cory Joseph, Kyle Guy, Richaun Holmes - "Black Lives Matter"
Justin James - "Peace"
San Antonio Spurs
Marco Belinelli - “Equality”
Trey Lyles - "Antiracist"
Jakob Poeltl, Lonnie Walker - "Black Lives Matter"
DeMar DeRozan - "Education Reform"
Derrick White - "Enough"
Bryn Forbes - "Equality"
Luca Samanic - "Freedom"
Quinndary Weatherspoon - "I Can't Breathe"
Drew Eubanks, Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson - "Justice"
Marco Belinelli - "Uguaglianza" (Italian for "Equality")
Fred VanVleet - VanVleet told reporters that he wishes he could wear "everybody's name ever," but will consult with his high school coach for advice on what message to choose (via Lori Ewing of The Canadian Press). He ultimately chose "Black Lives Matter," along with Dewan Hernandez, Malcolm Miller, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Matt Thomas and Paul Watson. Before the NBA's list was released, Powell said he was mulling over 10-12 different messages that he had taken into consideration for his jersey. Though he ultimately decided on "Black Lives Matter," he said he was angry that the league provided a limited list of 'cookie cutter' messages. He wanted to go with "Am I Next?" instead.
Kyle Lowry - "Education Reform"
OG Anunoby, Patrick McCaw - "Say Their Names"
Stanley Johnson - "Equality"
Marc Gasol - "Justice"
Oshae Brissett - "Respect Us"
Chris Boucher - "See Us"
Terence Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson - "Speak Up"
Serge Ibaka - "Respectez Biso" (French dialect of "Respect Us")
Johnathan Williams - "Say Her Name"
Ian Mahinmi, Moe Wagner - "Vote"
Troy Brown Jr., Jerome Robinson - "Black Lives Matter"
Shabazz Napier, Anzjes Pasecniks - "Equality"
Admiral Schofield - "Enough"
Isaac Bonga - "Peace"