And in an fantastic twist of fate, Rudy Gobert - the player whose COVID-19 diagnosis triggered the shutdown of the league - scored the first and last points of the first game back to lead the Utah Jazz to a 106-104 win over New Orleans.
Instead of their names, the backs of the player jerseys also bore messages such as "Peace", "Equality", "Say their names", and "Freedom".
"My situation is a little different, being from Australia, a totally different country", told the Salt Lake Tribune.More news: Federal COVID-19 app launches after month-long delay
So, fast-forward to the present day: the National Basketball Association is officially back in Orlando with 22 isolated teams.
In the first game, the Jazz came from behind to defeat the Pelicans 106-104 after the Pelicans' Brandon Ingram's three-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out. The Jazz improved to 42 wins and 23 losses and is now in fourth place in the Western Conference, having already clinched a place in the playoffs.More news: Apple iphone people will get free cloud storage - thanks to Google
The NBA relaunched its coronavirus-hit season on Thursday, with players taking a knee during the USA national anthem in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Mitchell is averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists on the season, while Gobert is putting up 15.1 points, 13.7 boards and 2.0 blocks.
Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, while Patrick Beverley and Reggie Jackson added 12 and 10 points, repectively for Clippers.
The Lakers improved to 50 wins with the victory, leading the Western Conference as the Clippers fell to 44 wins and 21 losses, good enough to clinch the second spot in the conference.More news: Boston Marathon bombing: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence overturned