The NBA restart is becoming more and more of a slippery slope and Kyrie Irving isn’t the fall guy either but rather one NBA player brave enough to voice what the voiceless wanted to say among-st his peers.
The NBA conjured up an unprepared restart plan back on May 23rd, which was met with much criticisms by many NBA players, given the coldhearted, unadulterated and cutthroat truths that there is still a rampant airborne respiratory virus looming with no possible cure in sight that has taken the lives of over 115,000 Americans this far and still counting.
A restart plan was previously approved by the players back on June 5 but with huge uncertainty and unrest including the most recent “George Floyd” protests and riots. This was even after Irving, the NBAPA vice president, brought up his legitimate issues the prior week.
How are they going to keep players safe and healthy with a Global Pandemic running rampant across U.S.A? Especially in Orlando, Fla., which reached another record of positive cases on June 14! These are the questions the NBA can’t answer!
There is no transparent layout of how coaches and players alike will be physically able to alleviate the virus at a Disney resort especially if the airborne virus gets in the vicinity where they potentially look to restart the NBA season. We are also talking about certain family members of the above being affected as well as they travel with them.
The NBA can’t possibly monitor who comes in and who comes out the the facility.
We’re talking about adults that the NBA thinks it will hold cramped up in hotels for months. Folks are already at an all time rage with Social Distancing. Let alone being told when they can come in and go out.
Recap, COVID-19 is still lurking. How does the NBA agree to resume play when there are no solid safety measures in place? It is also key to point out that the areas the NBA looks to restart basketball in Florida, is actually a current pandemic cesspool right now in the U.S. Recently, Florida recorded its highest confirmed cases since COVID-19 began with 2,783 cases and counting!
When Kyrie stated last week it “smells fishy,” with the racial unrest we are in as well as the pandemic, this is not the time to be focused on mundane things such as playing basketball. What makes matters worst is the NBA owners have shown no interest in showing up to the tournament in Florida. Can you blame them?
“Regardless of how much media coverage will be received, talking and raising awareness about social injustice isn’t enough,” Bradley said. “Are we that self-centered to believe no one in the world is aware of racism right now? That as athletes, we solve the real issues by using our platforms to speak?
“We don’t need to say more. We need to find a way to achieve more. Protesting during an anthem, wearing T-shirts is great, but we need to see real actions being put in to the works.”
“I think Kyrie [Irving] and Dwight [Howard] have a point,” Lillard said of two of the players who have notably raised concerns about returning to play.
The Trail Blazers guard said “I don’t feel 100 percent comfortable, but it’s a risk that I’m willing to take” when talking about playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic but acknowledged many are more concerned with the fight against racism.
“A lot of our hearts are with our people,” he said. “Our mind is with our people. We feel like we should be a part of that, we should be a part of that fight. … Maybe we should be focused on that.”
At this point it is in the NBA’s best to return back in October, which is approximately a few months away. There is no idea if COVID-19 will be under better control by then. But it gives the NBA more time to come up with a more comprehensive plan for the NBA as a whole and along with appropriate safety measures for it’s owners, coaches, players, teams, etc.
The bottomline is if a NBA player were to catch the virus while this tournament is taking place in Florida it will cause the brand to take a nose dive. This is not the kind of publicity the NBA needs right about now or in the very near future.