The Brooklyn Nets and Minnesota Timberwolves will play Tuesday at 4:00 PM EST, after Monday night’s game was postponed after a Minnesota police officer killed an unarmed 20-year-old black man, Daunte Wright, this past weekend.
The game will be played with no fans in attendance.
If you’d like to talk about basketball after the game, please join us on Clubhouse.
WHO: Brooklyn Nets (36-17) at Minnesota Timberwolves (14-40)
WHEN: 4:00 PM EST
WHERE: YES Network (tv), WFAN (radio)
Pre-game reading from Canius Hoopus.
Basketball and the NBA are our escape, an outlet to become engulfed in the trivialities and tribalism. A badge to wear representing our city, our place. But yet, our refuge lives amidst terror. Over the last year, we have been disabused of our notion of Minnesota as a place of equality. Of course, this idea was only codified by the privilege of living in opaque bubbles of race and class. Even after spending my career working in South Africa and Baltimore, I had naively believed my childhood existed in a Narnia-world of Minnesota Exceptionalism. The same childhood where I traveled from my lily-white suburb to play basketball in Brooklyn Park, fully cognizant of the racist jokes and comments from my peers.
But this world of ours is one where the NBA is inextricably involved in the racial discourse of the country. It does not matter if you are a player wrongfully arrested and injured in the city you play for, the most famous player in the world having your home defaced by racist graffiti, or a President of Basketball Operations celebrating a championship victory. The players have emerged as catalysts of reform, giving their power and voices to support their communities, sparking support around the world. Here in Minnesota, Josh Okogie, Karl-Anthony Towns, and the Timberwolves organization lent their voices to support protestors and Black Lives Matter.
But the protests and the policy changes brought about by the protests following George Floyd’s death did not prevent the death of Daunte Wright. The gears of policy grind slowly, as the most dramatic step, the dismantling of the Minneapolis Police Department, is likely to be voted on in the Fall.