Jamal Murray wore shoes honoring George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, and gave an emotional post-game interview after his 50-point performance saved the Nuggets season
- Jamal Murray had the game of his life on Sunday, scoring 50 points while going 17-of-24 from the floor to lead the Nuggets past the Jazz and force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
- Murray played the game wearing shoes that paid tribute to Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.
- After the game, Murray offered an emotional interview about his shoes and his performance. "These shoes mean a lot," he said.
Jamal Murray had the game of his life on Sunday, dropping 50 points on the Utah Jazz to help the Denver Nuggets force a Game 7 in their first-round playoff series.
Just moments after concluding his lights-out game, Murray gave a stunning, emotional interview, first citing his shoes, which honored George Floyd and Breonna Taylor."These shoes mean a lot. With all of the..." Murray trailed off for a moment, looking for the words. "These shoes mean a lot."
"These shoes give me life," Murray said. "Even though these people are gone, they give me life. They help me find strength."
—NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 31, 2020After leaving the court, Murray was caught taking a moment to himself as he walked to the locker room.
—Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 31, 2020
Speaking with reporters after the game, Murray further explained the emotions he was going through, referencing the police shooting of Jacob Blake, which brought the NBA to a standstill last week."It's lives. It's your life. Imagine losing your life. I don't know what else to say," Murray said. "Imagine a father losing their life while they have kids. Imagine a father, son, brother, getting shot seven times in front of their kids. Imagine that. The least I can go out there and do is play and fight for something. So that's what I'm trying to do."
—Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2020It was an intense week inside the NBA bubble, with players forcing the postponement of games last week after the Milwaukee Bucks refused to take the court for their game against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday in response to Blake's shooting.
For a moment, it was unclear whether or not the NBA season would continue. However, players eventually agreed to return to the court with a renewed commitment to bringing attention and more direct action to social justice issues that the league has been promoting since the season restarted. The weight of the current moment weighs heavy on the shoulders of many of the players, who are hoping to use their platform to bring about real change.
"Just know there's a lot of emotion, and I try to play with that, as you can see," Murray said, after being asked about the moment he took before heading into the locker room. "I use that to will myself to be great and to be better. Without basketball, I don't know where I'd be or who I'd be. Like I said, just a lot of emotion, more than I can put into words. I had to take some time to myself, a moment to myself, to regroup before I go into the locker room."Barack Obama reportedly spoke with LeBron James and other NBA leaders to advise them on how to move forward after Jacob Blake protests
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