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Report: Kyrie Irving speaking for more players than originally thought

Kyrie Irving, NBA return

The recent tug of war between factions of NBA players has put in question the return of the 2019-20 NBA season at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Kyrie Irving, who has led the way voicing concerns about a restart, is apparently speaking for more players than initially expected.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke it down on “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt” on Monday night:

“I think he is speaking for more people than we thought, maybe even a few days ago, Scott,” said Wojnarowski. “And some of those people have spoken up. But there is another undercurrent of player in the league, and they’re not just lower-level young players or journeyman players.

“I think there’s another tier of player that is very in tune with what Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley — what they’re talking about. Scott, there’s not great enthusiasm among players in this league about going into the bubble, about all the things that are going to come with it, especially on the teams who are not competing for a championship.”

Concerns about a restart range from the lack of potential insurance against career-derailing injuries due to the long layoff from the game to the stringent effect of playing in a bubble for three months without having control of outside contact with Disney employees and non-NBA people.

Teams outside the playoff race are also determining if it’s worth it to put nearly six weeks of work to have their season potentially end after two games.

There are also concerns about the optics of playing for money and entertainment amid a massive civil rights movement in the United States.

These are some of the major points Irving, Bradley, and others have made to the NBPA in regards to the league’s plan to finish out the 2019-20 season. It seems there are more players that agree with those sentiments than originally expected.