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While living in the NBA’s Disney World bubble this summer, Mavericks center Dwight Powell and assistant coach Jamahl Mosley often talked about the same topic. Their conversations had nothing to do with basketball, but everything to do with an issue central to their lives: Police brutality, and the daunting prospect of eliminating racial inequities.
Since the Mavericks’ season ended in late August, their spotlight for discussing and protesting racial injustice has dimmed. But the Mavericks’ nuanced pushes for progress have only gained momentum. In the last several weeks, the Mavericks have worked with Dallas leaders to update policies that experts say can significantly decrease instances of police brutality. As the NBA’s offseason remains uncertain in length and structure, one aspect is clear: The Mavericks’ activism has been a spark the team won’t soon let dull.
“It doesn’t matter what color their skin is or what god they pray to or how they live or who they love,” Powell said. “Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to live a happy life, and that’s why it’s close and near and dear to my heart.”
When Carlisle started working in June with Powell, Mosley and assistant coach Stephen Silas to lead the Mavericks’ endeavors, Dallas had four of the eight criteria in place. The city required: Communication and distance to first attempt to de-escalate a situation. Comprehensive reports on every situation officers use or threaten force. Officers to exhaust all alternatives before using deadly force. An established use-of-force continuum to regulate the use of each police weapon and tactic based on the situation.
During video calls with MAPB co-founder Collette Flanagan, some during the team’s first run to the playoffs since 2016, the four Mavericks deepened their understanding of the legislative reform process. By the time they returned to Dallas in early September, there were three more of the policies in place: A ban on chokeholds and strangleholds. A duty for officers to intervene in situations where other officers use excessive force. And a requirement to warn suspects before shooting.