Paul George, Joakim Noah deliver strong message for Breonna Taylor, victims of police brutality
LOS ANGELES – The LA Clippers defeated the Orlando Magic in the opening game of the NBA’s scrimmage schedule, but the focus postgame remained on social justice. Clippers forward Paul George and center Joakim Noah delivered strong remarks after their 99-90 win over the Orlando Magic centered around Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and the countless other victims of police brutality.
“I take this time to give my condolences to the family of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and everyone else murdered by police.” George told members of the media after the game. “That’s all I’ve got.”
When asked again about the game, George redirected it about Taylor.
“Her murderers are still free, so we’ll use this platform to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.”
With ‘Black Lives Matter’ pained on the NBA court to continue the fight against social inequality, George finished with a team-high 18 points, five rebounds, and three assists in the Clippers’ first game in over four months.
Noah, who made his Clippers debut and returned to the court after a year-long layoff, finished with four points, five rebounds, and three assists in 15 minutes of play. He echoed Paul George’s sentiments after the game.
“It’s important to know what is going on outside because we are in a bubble right now,” Noah said. “There are a lot of people fighting for justice. That’s the truth. So keeping up the message on Breonna Taylor is really important, keeping the message on what really matters and making sure that the message doesn’t drown through basketball. Basketball is entertainment. We are dealing with a lot bigger things in terms of the messages and the work that we have to do is not just about the messages, it is about putting in the work and seeing what we can do to make improvements.”
A few days ago, Sixers forward Tobias Harris gave a very brief press conference with a single message for Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron: Arrest the police officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor.
As of Wednesday morning, those officers are still free, which is why we’ve seen players like Paul George, Tobias Harris, Jerami Grant, CJ McCollum and others dedicate a press conference to getting the message across.
The Clippers’ next game will be on Saturday against the Washington Wizards. The team will continue to build on their first preseason win as they await the arrivals of Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell, Ivica Zubac, and Landry Shamet.