As the NBA is looking forward to erroneously finish out the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, there is an enlarging body of players letting their voices be heard about whether it makes sense to restart the NBA season in light of everything going on, i.e. (Black Lives Matter & COVID-19).
Trailblazer: Kyrie Irving along with Avery Bradley have been the two unstoppbale forces spearheading the recently established players’ coalition. With racial stressors ignited by the wretched death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, some players be of the opinion that now isn’t the time to focus on mundane things such as basketball when there are way more important things to worry about.
Instead Irving, Bradley, and many others stand on the position that time is of the essence to corral in accordance behind change and push emphatically for the rights of African-Americans.
The players’ coalition freshly publicized a declaration as to their objectives and general cause to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews:
“We are a group of men and women fromfrom different teams and industries that are normally painted as opponents, but have put our egos and differences aside to make sure we stand united and demand honesty during this uncertain time,” the coalition said.
“Native indigenous African Caribbean men and women entertaining the world, we will continue to use our voices and platforms for positive change and truth. We are truly at an inflection point in history where as a collective community, we can band together — UNIFY — and move as one. We need all our people with us and we will stand together in solidarity.
“As an oppressed community we are going on 500-plus years of being systemically targeted, used for our IP [intellectual property]/Talent, and also still being killed by the very people that are supposed to ‘protect and serve’ us.
“WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!
“We are combating the issues that matter most: We will not accept the racial injustices that continue to be ignored in our communities. We will not be kept in the dark when it comes to our health and well-being. And we will not ignore the financial motivations/expectations that have prevented us historically from making sound decisions.
“This is not about individual players, athletes or entertainers. This is about our group of strong men and women uniting for change. We have our respective fields, however, we will not just shut up and play to distract us from what this whole system has been about: Use and Abuse. We are all fathers, daughters, leaders and so much more. So what is our BIG picture? We are in this for UNITY and CHANGE!”
Clearly this is bigger than just shooting a ball in the hoop! Players are legitimately worried for their lives as well as those of their family and friends. At this point in time, can you blame them? These issues have been going on in United States of America for centuries and Bradley, Irving, and others want to use their platform to push for real social justice change that is required especially in perilous times such as this one.
Whether or not they will still play in Orlando, is a question that doesn’t have an answer yet. Some have argued that they can play and still push for change on these issues, such as headliner LeBron James. Who isn’t actually getting behind the real issues but exercising Twitter fingering lip-service. He focus is solely on him wanting to win a NBA Title in a LeParticipation Award Era fashion. Sorry LeBron, as Avery Bradley indicated in the picture 👇🏾 there are bigger 🐟 to 🍳 at this point so your LeSelfish cause of getting out the 33% abysmal NBA Finals Avg. of LeSlump doesn’t look likely at this point! But I’m sure the LBJ Riders Media will keep finding ways to push the LeAgenda in their own LeFashion!