Chris Paul, Andre Iguodala led way in convincing players to resume playoffs
Three NBA Playoff games were postponed on Wednesday night in an effort to raise awareness for James Blake, who was shot multiple time from behind by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin over the weekend. According to reports, Blake was left hospitalized and paralyzed from the waist down.
Players, coaches and staff members met early on Thursday morning to vote on whether or not to resume the 2020 NBA Playoffs. The vote passed, and it sounds like Paul and Iguodala led the way. Paul noted the financial implications that would follow if play was stopped, but he also pointed to the fact that the players would lose their platforms to speak on this cause.
Sources say Chris Paul, the president of the players’ union, and vice president Andre Iguodala led the way, throughout the night and into the meeting today, in getting players to see the bigger picture-not just the financial implications of walking away from the rest of the season, but losing the strength of the platform they have in the bubble to continue to push for the changes they want.
Paul also had discussions with his former coach, Doc Rivers, as Wednesday’s events unfolded. Like Paul, Rivers feels that play should continue. And as part of Wednesday’s meeting, the Los Angeles Clippers head coach encouraged the players to come up with three clear items the league can help them act upon, such as police reform and accountability or voter registration and support.
Some players feel that sitting out is the proper way to protest these issues. However, Rivers, who is a former player himself, implored them to play, noting that their talent is their power.
“Your talent is your power,” Rivers told the players on Wednesday night, according to ESPN.
At this point, it’s not exactly clear when the NBA Playoffs will resume. It may not be until this weekend that hoops fans get to see their favorite players on the court.
NBA statement on the current state of the NBA playoffs: pic.twitter.com/h7auQknSKi
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 27, 2020