Kyrie Irving Leads Call Putting NBA Return In Jeopardy Amid COVID-19 And Social Unrest

When the NBPA voted to approve Adam Silver’s plan to finish the 2019-20 season by sending 22 teams to a Disney World bubble site in Orlando, not everyone got a say in that process. The NBPA is comprised of nine executive committee members and led by president Chris Paul, along with featuring one player representative from each team. So here we are, a little over a month away from restarting the season amid COVID-19 and social unrest due to the senseless murder of George Floyd and according to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, Kyrie Irving leads a call Friday night that included 80-plus NBA and WNBA players. Providing a platform for everyone to voice their concerns regarding the plan to return to action amid such health and social unrest, Sources tell The Athletic that that a group consisting of 80-plus players — including NBPA Vice President Kyrie Irving, NBPA president Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Donovan Mitchell and Avery Bradley — discussed finding unity and a way to attack a cause amid the nationwide unrest stemming from racial injustice, systematic racism and police brutality as well as what the world continues to face during the coronavirus pandemic. Bradley, the Lakers guard, was the second person to speak on the call behind Irving and was vocal throughout, urging players to take a stand and utilize this moment to “play chess, not checkers,” those sources said. “I don’t support going into Orlando,” Irving told the players. “I’m not with the systematic racism and the bull****. … Something smells a little fishy. Whether we want to admit it or not, we are targeted as black men every day we wake up.”

Although many are painting Kyrie Irving as the “disruptor” or “instigator” it was also reported he said “If it’s worth the risk, then let’s go and do it,” Irving said on the call, per Haynes. “But if you’re not with it, it’s OK, too. We’ve got options for both ways. Let’s just come to a middle ground as a family.” while on the call Friday night. If the NBA Season doesn’t resume the numbers are catastrophic, $1.2B lost in player salary (35% total pay), $2B lost in revenue to the league and NBA will then have leverage to tear up the CBA and negotiate a new one. All in all there are a ton of variables and opinions as to how things should play out so check back for more soon.

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