The gods of basketball must love irony.
It’s the only way to tell how Rudy Gobert, the first NBA player to prove positive for COVID-19, could end up being the same person who scored the first and finally game points. opening at the resumption of the league on Thursday night. Gobert opened and closed the box score as the Utah Jazz defeated The Bubble’s New Orleans Pelicans 106-104 in Orlando.
“I’m just grateful” Gobert told ESPN. “Just grateful to be able to do what I love to do. After everything I’ve had personally and everything the world is going through right now, being able to inspire millions of children around the world and continue to spread positivity is just a blessing. “
“And it’s great to start with a win, of course.”
But while Gobert may be the kid on the poster for the coronavirus affectation in the NBA, LeBron remains the king. James hit the winning basket i made the final defensive stop to give the Lakers a 103-101 victory over the Clippers.
Before each match, the teams came together to kneel in peaceful protest during the national anthem. And when I say everyone kneels down, I mean everyone, including players, coaches, referees and league staff.
“They’ve come a long way. But in the past, we’ve seen progress. We’ve left a little more of the glass.” James told TNT after the match. “We can’t do that. We want to keep our foot on the gas. Keep moving forward. Keep spreading love all over America. We’re dealing with a lot of racism, a lot of social injustice, a lot of police brutality. Not just in my neighborhoods. Not just with “Black people and people of color. It’s something we want to keep our ears open to. And now we have ears, but we can’t stand with our feet on the gas that we’ve been doing for the last few months.”
Players had a challenge to rule that came into play in 1981stating that “players, coaches and coaches must remain aligned with a dignified position on the sidelines or the foul line” during the performance of the national anthem. “
In 1996, the Denver Nuggets, who guarded Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, tested the norm when they did not opt for the anthem because of their personal and religious beliefs. He was suspended for a match and reached an agreement with the league that allowed him to stand and clap his hands in front of his face in prayer. Still, he eventually went black and predicted what would happen to Colin Kaepernick 20 years later in the NFL.
“I respect the unitary act of peaceful protest of our teams for social justice and, in these unique circumstances, it will not apply our rule that has long demanded the interpretation of our national anthem,” he said. Adam Silver, NBA commissioner on the demonstrations of the pregam. Silver’s comments contrasted with the sense he and the league felt three years ago, when the report was sent in 2017 reminding all teams of the rules of the league when it came to the anthem.
During the evening, the rovelló became evident, as the players returned from a 141-day break since the last game of the regular season. And it wasn’t the players who were out of sync, as the referees called up a set of 105 fouls on Thursday night.
The Pelicans and Jazz combined for 40 goals as Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to lead Utah by scoring 23 points, while Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley scored 20 to score with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Gobert. For the Pelicans, Zion Williamson scored the team’s first 5 points as he finished the night with 13 points in just 15 minutes, although medical staff were still limited. Brandon Ingram led the way for New Orleans with 23 points. JJ Redick had 21 and Jrue Holiday had 20.
The Lakers were able to overcome a bad night of shooting as they shot 39 percent from the field and only 30.6 percent from three. Anthony Davis led all scorers with 34 points, as James added 16 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The Clippers duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard combined for 58 points, accounting for 57 percent of the Clippers ’final grade.
With the way things are going in the NFL and MLB and the uncertainty about college football and basketball, the NBA and WNBA seem like the only sports that can have this thing in mind.
And if so, the combination of this past weekend and Thursday night proved one thing.
Basketball never stops.