Barack Obama has been at the heart of the decision to restart the NBA playoffs.
The Milwaukee Bucks refused to play Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic in a protest against racial injustice in the US, with the other 13 teams involved in the playoffs joining them in the boycott.
On Saturday, though, the playoffs will resume thanks to the intervention of a former US president.
Obama, who is a good friend of players like LeBron James and a big basketball fan, offered his support and advice to the players.
“As an avid basketball fan, President Obama speaks regularly with players and league officials,” said Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for Obama.
“When asked, he was happy to provide advice on Wednesday night to a small group of NBA players seeking to leverage their immense platforms for good after their brave and inspiring strike in the wake of Jacob Blake‘s shooting.
“They discussed establishing a social justice committee to ensure that the players’ and league’s actions this week led to sustained, meaningful engagement on criminal justice and police reform.”