The postponed game on March 11 was the beginning of life changing in America. The league went into hiatus, stopping the season and beginning a domino effect that impacted not just sports but also businesses, cities and states. On Saturday, that game was finally played.
Miami center Bam Adebayo did not know Breonna Taylor. He never heard of the woman who worked as an emergency room technician and had designs on becoming a nurse, a homeowner, a wife, a mother. Never knew anything about her.
In all of the analysis of how the Jazz were going to replace the injured Bojan Bogdanovic, a lineup featuring Tony Bradley and Rudy Gobert was never really discussed. But at the start of the third quarter, there it was. And for one night, it worked.
Donovan Mitchell, Paul George, Alex Caruso, Quin Snyder, and really the rest of the NBA won’t allow the fun and the excitement of the games to silence the messages of social injustice. So no matter what is asked or what happens in a game, they will keep those issues that are so important to them on the forefront.