Rockets’ Austin Rivers rebuffs Kyrie Irving’s argument about not re-starting NBA season
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Irving sites the ongoing racial injustice in the country for why he feels uncomfortable with returning to play.
Irving even led a conference call between players this week to discuss the league’s plan, which will see 22 teams travel to Orlando to decide playoff seeding with the official playoffs scheduled to start on August 17.
However, while Irving is steadfast in his opinion and apparently isn’t the only NBA player to feel that way, many players are taking the opposite stance and as a result, are clashing with the Nets star.
Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers is one of those players. Via Instagram (courtesy ESPN), Rivers went off on Irving, stating why he thinks the NBA should in fact return to play. He cited the financial ramifications of not playing and the importance of entertainment as some of his reasons as to why he agrees with the league’s plan.
Austin Rivers responds to Kyrie Irving being opposed to resuming the NBA season in Orlando. pic.twitter.com/D7A7jbpUE2
— ESPN (@espn) June 13, 2020
On the court, Rivers was in the midst of his second season with the Rockets after signing with the team in December of 2018. Prior to the season being postponed in March, the eight-year NBA veteran was averaging 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game off the bench for Houston while shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from deep.
Houston will travel to Orlando with a 40-24 record which puts them tied with the Oklahoma City Thunder as the fifth seed in the Western Conference.