June 12, 2020, 2:27 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Chris Haynes is reporting that are a "significant number of players disappointed their voice wasn’t heard" in the discussions to restart the season.
Moreover, Haynes adds that some players don't like the optics of a majority Black league sequestering in a potentially unsafe environment for the sake of entertainment and making money for the NBA given the positive momentum of the push for racial justice. While the league continues to say player safety is a top priority, make no mistake — the league's higher-ups are trying to keep the revenue flowing. One Black player told Haynes, "We’re out here marching and protesting, and yet we all leave our families in these scary times and gather to perform at a place where the owners won’t be at? What type of sense does that make? We’ll be going backwards. That place isn’t that magical." Kyrie Irving, an NBAPA rep, has organized a call with players on Friday to discuss the situation, with Haynes reporting that Irving believes not returning to play should be considered. It's a highly complex issue and a reminder that even though the league has decided some of the formalities of a return, there's still a very long way to go, especially until the league provides more information on how the "bubble" will operate.
Source: Yahoo Sports