Klay Thompson: ‘What 2020 Really Taught Me Is That We Still Have Such A Long Way To Go’ The Warriors Guard Will Finally Return From Injury This Season And Has Used His Time On The Sideline To Speak Out Against Racism And Social Injustice

SAN FRANCISCO — Klay Thompson has had countless hours to think about more than basketball after being sidelined since Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. Since then, the Golden State Warriors guard has gained a greater appreciation for being a professional basketball player and has begun using his platform to speak out against racism and social injustice. “I’ve learned that as professional athletes and NBA players, we have a…

September 28, 2021

Rebekkah Brunson: ‘I Feel Like People Who Are Actually Really Fans Of The Game, Respect My Game’ The Five-Time Champ, And Now Minnesota Lynx Assistant, Discusses Her Transition To Coaching, Pushing For Social Change And Her Impact On The WNBA

After the WNBA released its “W25” on Sept. 5, a “collection of the 25 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history,” many fans and basketball entities alike took to social media to voice their opinions on key players they felt deserved to be included on the list. One of the omitted names mentioned by most: Rebekkah Brunson. During her 15-year career in the WNBA with the Sacramento Monarchs and…

September 23, 2021

Jaylen Brown On Why It’s Important For The Celtics And NBA To Hire African American Head Coaches ‘Whether It Was Because They Were Just Trying To Shut Us Up, Or Because They Actually Believed It Was The Right Thing To Do, It Don’t Matter To Me. That Representation Is Important.’

BERKELEY, Calif. — Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown was ecstatic to see seven new African American head coaches, including one for his own franchise, get hired in the NBA this offseason regardless of what the true motive may have been. “Whether it was because they were just trying to shut us up, or because they actually believed it was the right thing to do, it don’t matter to me. That…

September 21, 2021

NBA, NBPA Add Social Justice Panel To Rookie Transition Program Incoming Players Will Learn How To Become More Involved In Social Equity Work At Annual Welcoming Event

August 18, 2021

As NBA rookies, second-year players, journeymen – and even 2008 second overall draft pick Michael Beasley – competed by day in the Las Vegas Summer League this week, at night the first-year players were in the conference rooms of UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center learning the ropes of being successful in the NBA. Much like in years past at the Rookie Transition Program (RTP), a joint orientation symposium run by…


Sylvio Cator Used The Olympics To Seek Justice Decades Before Tommie Smith And John Carlos The Haitian Long Jumper Highlighted The U.S. Occupation Of His Country

July 22, 2021

On the afternoon of Aug. 25, 1932, Al Monroe arrived at 441 E. 42nd St. in Chicago. The beautiful home in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood belonged to the famous Black tenor George Garner and his wife Pauline, an accomplished musician in her own right. Monroe, a reporter at the Chicago Defender, wasn’t there to see the homeowners, however. His interest was in their guest, Sylvio Cator. In a few hours,…


The World Braces For Athlete Protests At Tokyo Olympics So Much About Race, Politics And Protest Has Changed Since The 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games And The IOC Needs To Change As Well

July 21, 2021

Will it happen at the starting line? On the mat? In the pool? Atop the medal stand? Maybe at the opening ceremonies, forcing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to immediately reckon with the ramifications of its threat to punish athletes for demonstrating against racial injustice in Tokyo? It’s likely that at least one athlete will defy IOC rules against protesting during the Games, which open Friday. The question of what…