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Bucks forward Kyle Korver discussed the backstory and emotional locker room prior to his team's decision toin the aftermath of the Jacob Blake shooting in Milwaukee in late August.
Speaking, on Sunday, Korver described how assistant coach Darvin Ham was in tears following the shooting. Then he mentioned teammates George Hill and Shannon Brown both being the first to express not wanting to play, and the rest of the team following their lead.
"I just sat there with tears running down my face," Korver said. "And I'm looking at my jersey that says 'Black Lives Matter,' and I'm like, 'What are we doing?' One teammate, George Hill, decided he wasn't going to play. ... We all just sat there and were like, 'We're all with you.'"
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Korver said he felt like his role was necessary.
"It's always interesting for me as a white man in these spaces. What to do? How do I help as a white man? What do I say as a white man in this space?" Korver said.
"You know what you do? You stand with the marginalized. And when you can, you amplify their voice, and you listen to their thoughts, and you listen to their ideas, and then you find your way to help out."
The Bucks spearheaded league-wide protest in the NBA bubble in Florida, prompting players and National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul to speak with former President Barack Obama for advice before deciding. Games across other sports leagues were also postponed as players protested.
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Korver noted how the decision to not play evoked real change. Milwaukee's players called Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to address the lack of action from the state legislature, and they also spoke with Blake's family.
Blake, a Black man, was shot multiple times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is 40 miles south of Milwaukee.
Korver, a three-point specialist throughout his career, finished his 17th NBA season with the Bucks in 2019-20, averaging 6.7 points per game.
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