Kyrie Irving-led group unveils 5 major concerns in return-to-play plan
A coalition of NBA players, including Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Lakers veteran shooting guard Avery Bradley, have several concerns about the league’s return-to-play plan at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, there are five major concerns Irving, Bradley and other NBA players have.
Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley and the coalition of players want to pursue some concerns further with the league, sources said, including: the investment of resources and ideas of all league constituencies — from the commissioner’s office, ownership level, management and players association — in social justice reform.
Among concerns surrounding the league’s return-to-play after a three-month shutdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, sources said the coalition is citing : a surge in positive coronavirus cases in Florida, conditions surrounding the restrictive environment in the bubble, insurance and liabilities for players based on possible sicknesses, and injuries in a truncated finish to the season.
The 2019-20 NBA season is scheduled to resume on July 30 at the Walt Disney resort. A total of 22 teams will be partaking in the resumption of the season.
The tragic murder of George Floyd at the hands of policemen in Minnesota and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are causing some NBA players to question whether basketball is really needed at this point. Moreover, it is worth noting that there are still a number of COVID-19 cases in Orlando, Florida.
It’s going to be fascinating to see if the 2019-20 NBA campaign does in fact resume. After last Friday’s call and Monday’s, it’s clear there are a number of players — not just Kyrie Irving and Avery Bradley — who feel that it’s not appropriate to play sports right now.