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Raptors championing cause for racial, social justice as NBA nears resumption

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and head coach Nick Nurse, pictured above. (Frank Gunn/CP) TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors are set to play to play their first scrimmage of the restart next Friday against the Houston Rockets, the first time they’ll play another basketball team in some form since the initial March 11 restart.

Outside of the excitement of playing real basketball – even if it’s only in exhibition form – the knowledge of scrimmages being so close also serves as notice for one of the greater altruistic goals of this NBA restart.

An important aspect to monitor of this NBA season resumption will be how the league, teams and players look to continue and further the ongoing conversation about racial and social justice.

So far, what we’ve seen from the league is a plan to have the “Black Lives Matter” slogan painted on NBA courts as well as giving players the option of replacing their names on the back of their jerseys with one of 29 league-approved social justice messages.

The latter of these two initiatives that we know of has been criticized by some players, bringing up the question if what the NBA is doing is actually enough to help […]

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