Kyrie Irving trying to ‘give players a platform’ to address league’s return in Orlando
Around 200 NBA players have reportedly aired their concerns about the resumption of the 2019-20 NBA regular season this July at Disney World in Orlando, with Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving at the forefront of it all.
With over a month left before the campaign resumes, several players have reportedly engaged in a series of Zoom calls to air their grievances and concerns, particularly with the state of the country at the moment.
One unnamed player told ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski that Irving is simply giving NBA players an avenue and safe place to have their voices be heard.
Amid his reservations on restarting season, Kyrie Irving has lent a strong voice to ongoing call w/ NBA players tonight. One player in text: "He's trying to give players a platform to be able to have a discussion — on the bubble, racial equality and unity…It's a good call."
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 13, 2020
Apart from the pandemic that has put the entire world on pause, the United States is currently in a state of divide following multiple protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Racism and social injustice have indeed plagued humanity for so long. It’s quite understandable for some NBA players to have reservations with playing given the current circumstances.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Carmelo Anthony has been quite vocal about not being 100 percent committed to returning, citing lack of information on the matter.
Health is also an issue, considering there remains to be no vaccine for the COVID-19 virus. The NBA has been working hard to ensure players’ safety upon their return, but the risks will always be there.
Kyrie Irving, meanwhile, has taken some heat for his initiative, considering he won’t even be playing for the Nets in Orlando. The six-time All-Star joins his fellow superstar Kevin Durant on the sidelines after the pair confirmed they won’t be making a return from their injuries this campaign.