Kyrie Irving clashing with top NBA players over return-to-play concerns
Not every NBA player is excited to get back to the season after the season was postponed way back in March. Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving voiced his concern with the NBA’s return to action and has set up a conference call with other players in the league to express his concern per Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.
According to Haynes, Irving has stated he does not feel comfortable with the league resuming play with the ongoing racial tension in the country which was most notably sparked by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis earlier in the month.
However, while Kyrie Irving seems to be steadfast in his opinion, several other big-name NBA players are taking the opposite side in the argument and are therefore clashing with Irving per Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill.
On the other side of the argument, players are worried about the financial and practical implications of the league not returning this season. According to Goodwill, no more games were played, the league’s owners could force a Majeure clause which would allow them to re-open the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
Recently, the NBA agreed to send 22 teams (nine Eastern Conference and 13 Western Conference teams) to Orlando Florida to participate in play-in games for the playoff seeding. According to the proposed schedule, teams would test players for COVID-19 later this month, travel to Orlando on July 7 and start the games on July 30 with the playoffs scheduled to begin on August 17.
As for Irving, the star guard suffered a shoulder injury in March that was expected to end his season.