Kyrie Irving organized a Zoom call on Friday to discuss the return of the NBA. About 80 players attended the call, where they talked about the issues happening in the US at this moment as the biggest obstacle to restart the season. There are ongoing protests across the country due to racial injustice issues and right now doesn't seem to be a good time to restart the NBA season.
The call was host by Kyrie Irving and Avery Bradley, one former and current LeBron James' teammate, respectively. Bron, curiously, didn't attend the call, since he feels restarting the campaign won't prevent him from making a change in America's society. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, LeBron doesn't believe that not attending the players' call will affect his potential to bring change.
“Sources say James, whose Lakers have as good a chance at the title as any of the 22 teams invited to Walt Disney World, believes playing in Orlando won’t deter his ability to continue inspiring change.
"He wants to keep making his mark off the court. He wants to play basketball. And as has always been the case, he clearly believes he can do both at the same time."
James has been one of the most outspoken players when it comes to racism in the USA. After George Floyd's death, James raised his voice against racial injustice and has been addressing these issues whenever he's had the chance.
Moreover, he is one of the main faces of a voting rights group called More Than a Vote with Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose.
It's not like he's not doing anything right now. Bron knows he can make an impact even if he's still playing basketball. Nevertheless, not everybody thinks that way. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie "pitted himself against the league's establishment, including his former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James.”
The league has stated they won't force anybody to go to Orlando next month, but this belief is getting stronger every day. Perhaps we'll have to wait until next season to see some NBA action again.