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DWIGHT HOWARD ALSO THINKS PLAYERS SHOULDN'T RETURN PLAYING: "Basketball, or entertainment period, isn’t needed at this moment, and will only be a distraction"

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NBA players are fully involved in everything that is currently happening around the US and are making sure their voices are heard about race relations and social injustice that is happening within their communities. Some players led by Kyrie Irving even said that they wouldn't play when the NBA starts at the end of July. The main reasoning behind it is that they want to use their time for activism and fight for a greater cause that concerns their families and community.

Dwight Howard is another NBA player that came out supporting Kyrie, who, in the meantime, received some backlash, mostly from other NBA fans who are eager to see NBA games again. Howard issued a statement in which he explains why the things happening right now are more significant than basketball to him and other NBA players.

"I agree with Kyrie (Irving). Basketball, or entertainment period, isn’t needed at this moment, and will only be a distraction. Sure it might not distract us the players, but we have resources at hand the majority of our community don’t have. And the smallest distraction for them can start a trickle-down effect that may never stop. Especially with the way the climate is now. 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. This is a rare opportunity that, I believe, we as a community should be taking full advantage of. When have we ever had this amount of time to sit and be with our families. This is where our Unity starts. At home! With Family!! European Colonization stripped us of our rich history, and we have yet to sit down and figure us out. The less distractions, the more we can put into action into rediscovering ourselves. Nations come out of families. Black/African American is not a Nation or Nationality. It’s time Our Families became their own Nations. No Basketball till we get things resolved."

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