Shortly before starting Thursday evening, the players, who were joined by coaches and game officials, got on their knees.
Players also wore “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts, both during warm-ups and in the national anthem. Some contained messages such as “Equality,” “I’m a man,” “Ally,” and “Say your name,” sending a clear message in support of the social justice movement.
The NBA is not the first league to restart its season with players kneeling to support the move.
The WNBA, when the league started the season last week, dedicated the season to Breonna Taylor and the Say Her Name campaign. Outside of basketball, many MLB players also got on their knees as the season resumed earlier this month.
All of these demonstrations come amid riots in the United States over the deaths of Amhmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and reflect that of Colin Kaepernick during the 2016-17 NFL season.
The NBA returned after a 20-week hiatus in a so-called bubble in Orlando, Florida.
The league closed on March 11 when, moments before the Utah Jazz took the throne in Oklahoma City, it was learned that the Rudy Gobert Jazz Center had tested positive for Covid-19.
On Thursday night, when the game resumed, it was fitting, then, that Gobert scored the first basket in a disposition.