In the wake of numerous protests that are happening in the US right now, several NBA players made their voices hard about all the major issues that are impacting their community. The majority of former and current NBA players support the Black Lives Matter movement and the other groups that protested for the last two weeks. On top of that, several players are considering not playing on July 30th when the NBA is scheduled for return.
Kyrie Irving was the most vocal about this issue and believes there are more important things than basketball right now that need to be taken care of before players could return to basketball. Multiple players gave him support and are considering the option not to play, which raised a lot of eyebrows among NBA fans worldwide.
Austin Rivers is one of the players that came out with a different suggestion and idea, believing NBA players should come back and play because that is one of the ways they can show support and fight for the right cause. On his Instagram account Rivers, shared a message that describes a different approach to the one suggested by Kyrie, and a lot of fans showed him support for speaking out.
“Us coming back would be putting money in all our (NBA players) pickets. With this money, you could help out even more people and continue to give more importantly your time and energy to the [Black Lives Matter] movement. Which I’m 100 percent on board with. Because change needs to happen and injustice has been going on too long.”
Austin Rivers on Kyrie Irving, restarting the season: “I love Kyrie’s passion towards helping this movement…I’m with it…but in the right way & not at the cost of the whole NBA & players careers. We can do both. We can play & we can help change the way black lives are lived.” pic.twitter.com/GMmyVz9nEF
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) June 13, 2020
NBA is scheduled to return on July 30th in Orlando, and even though there was a lot of excitement about the games being played, now the focus has completely changed. A lot of players are no longer willing to participate until these social issues are resolved, and they feel the urge to participate in any way they think they could contribute to the cause. The next few weeks will be exciting to see how this situation will play out and whether players will have a mutual agreement on this matter.