Aside from giving him a chance to earn a living playing the sport he loves, Milwaukee Bucks swingman Kyle Korver also credited the NBA for shaping his stance on racial equality.
The 39-year-old sharpshooter made headlines earlier this month after pledging to wear “Black Lives Matter” on the back of his jersey for the restart of the 2019-20 season.
Kyle Korver shared his story on how he became an ally in the struggle for equality, per NBA.com's Shaun Powell. The one-time All-Star shared that how his days as a journeyman opened his eyes on the grim reality of social inequality.
“I guess I have an interesting story,” Korver said, “that has given me a unique perspective.”
“When I went to Philadelphia I was the only white guy on the team my rookie year,” he said. “After a couple years I get traded to Salt Lake City, which is as white as it gets in the NBA. Went from there to Chicago and Atlanta. Then I went to Cleveland, then back to Utah. And now I’m in Milwaukee, a place some say is the most segregated city in America. It seems whenever I go, I move from one side to the other,” he shared.
Apart from his quest to win an NBA title for the first time in his career, Korver is also looking forward to using the NBA's platform to raise awareness towards the BLM movement.
Father Time may have caught up with Korver in his 17th season, but he still remains productive for the league-leading Bucks. Korver gave Milwaukee a nice boost off the bench, pitching in 6.7 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 50 appearances.