Kyrie Irving’s stance in opposition with the NBA shutdown is beyond credible since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, restarting play amid a social justice movement has impactful accord amongst his peers. More than 80 players joined the Nets star on a conference call Friday night, with several sharing the opinion that the league — scheduled to restart on July 30 in Orlando — shouldn’t distract from the nationwide reforms being fought for by the “Black Lives Matter” cause.
However change isn’t confined to a monolithic viewpoint. Some players don’t concur with Irving, complaining that four months of day-to-day media coverage fed to millions of sports hungry fans can be an even stronger avenue for their stance.
The NBA’s posterboy for voicing his opinions no matter what the issue is, LeBron James, is reportedly leading the massive charge to restart and finish this impaired NBA season. Earlier in the week, James made it publicly known by the creation of a voting rights group, along with Hawks guard Trae Young, in wish of growing black voter turnout and ending black voter suppression. James reportedly was not on the Friday call. The Athletic reported he wants to continue to play while also being a voice for social change.
“Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us,” James told the New York Times. “We feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door. How long is up to us. We don’t know. But we feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference.”
LeBron’s justification in wanting the NBA season to restart is because he understands that this is the path of the least resistance for him to holster another NBA championship in hopes of him getting out his current 3 for 9, abysmal NBA Finals avg. A restart of the NBA season despite sloppiness as Adam Silver indicated gives LeBron a very easy path for him climb himself out of his current 33% NBA Finals average LeSlump. Thanks to Kevin Durant who has been pegged by LBJ Riders Media as “Anti-LeBron” for making “The LeLegacy officially LeOver, the LeCache officially LeDone!” KD35 gets major flack by LBJ Brigade, LBJ Apologists & LBJ Stans for his responsibility of regressing LeBron to the lower echelon of the NBA pantheon of greatness!
Though Irving, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery, already wasn’t planning on playing in the 22-team format approved this week by the NBA board of governors and the players’ union. The Nets guard would’ve sacrifice millions of dollars if play did not resume.
Dwight Howard a fellow Los Angeles Laker shares Kyrie Irving’s sentiments by him acknowleging, “…I would love nothing more than to win my very first NBA Championship. But the unity of My People would be an even bigger Championship, that’s just to (sic) beautiful to pass up. What better time than now for us to be focusing on our families…No Basketball till we get things resolved.”
Let’s see how long Dwight Howard stays a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for a comment that not only agrees with Kyrie Irving’s stance but coincides with the current corona-virus pandemic along with the black lives matter movement. Teammates in the past that have either said things against LeBron boldly have seen their fates sealed by being traded or blackballed from the NBA. If LeBron is as socially aware as he wants folks to believe that he is then he would be leading this type of charge instead. Not a movement for him to have an easy and selfish path to win a ring with the lack of true competition and NBA players being at their very best to compete against him.
Rockets guard Austin Rivers believes that NBA players could more powerfully fight for racial justice if players get paid.
“With this money you could help out even more people and continue to give more importantly your time and energy towards the BLM movement,” Rivers wrote on Instagram. “Which I’m 100% on board with. Because change needs to happen and injustice has been going on too long. But also….. Not to mention there are plenty of NBA players I know who need them paychecks…99% of the NBA hasn’t made the money a guy like Kyrie has.
But LeBron has a few supporters that feel as he does but for monetary reasons which is reasonable. However, NBA players make many, many times over what the average median household does so in a time like this especially when you make that much money it is imperative for you to have a sizable nest egg (savings) so you’re not living paycheck to paycheck. So I understand where Austin Rivers is coming from but his reasoning for restarting play is fundamentally different from LeBron’s version.
Kyrie knowing LeBron as a former teammate understands that this moment shouldn’t be about mundane things such as basketball but rather more important issues, i.e. LIFE. The risks associated with health and livelihood still looming at an all time high, why is basketball so important at this critical juncture in history? I’m sure if a poll was surveyed, no one would be thinking about basketball as a priority on their current lists of necessities.