Trail Blazers star Carmelo Anthony among finalists for NBA’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award

Trail Blazers star Carmelo Anthony among finalists for NBA’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award

Portland Trail Blazers star Carmelo Anthony is among the five finalists for the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, the NBA announced Friday. The award, named after NBA Hall of Famer Kareen Abdul-Jabbar, is given to the player who best embodies his message of civil rights, Black empowerment and racial equality. Anthony is nominated for the award alongside Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson. The five finalists were cut down from an original list of 30 nominees – one from each NBA team. They’re in consideration for a $100,000 award that the league will donate to a social-justice-focused organization of the winner’s choosing. The four remaining finalists will each receive $25,000 donations. Anthony’s efforts contributing to social justice are through the Social Change Fund he and Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and former NBA Dwyane Wade created in July 2020. The organization supports critical issues impacting the Black community and contributes through partnerships and investments to advocate for indigenous people and communities of …
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