The NBA season is set to restart on the 30th of July after a long wait from all the fans around the world. The return of the tournament will be held in Orlando, Florida where the NBA athletes will reside in the “NBA bubble” where they can socially distance from anyone else. The NBA has tweaked its playoff format and has come up with a new format to resume the playoffs.
Meanwhile, many players have taken to social media to address the social issues plaguing society today with the largest social issue being racial inequality, combatted by the social justice movement, Black Lives Matter. Players around the league have been using their platforms to address these issues and have voiced their concerns about resuming league play due to the fact that the league will ‘distract us from on the real issue at hand.’ Other players have opposed that statement by saying that the remainder of the season can be ‘dedicated to the movement’ and that they can continue to use the NBA’s platform to voice their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Kyrie Irving, point guard for the Brooklyn Nets and Vice President of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), has represented the players that did not support the restart of the NBA season. While players such as Austin Rivers, Guard for the Houston Rockets, has supported the resume of the NBA season. Many arguments to resuming the season surround the fact that many players in the NBA cannot afford to lose their income. Other players have indicated that they can use their income to donate to organizations supporting black lives.
After long discussions, the NBA season is officially scheduled to resume. The league will be undertaking measures to support the Black Lives Matter movement by printing BLM quotations and placing them on jerseys as well as painting them on courts. The long-anticipated season is closing in in order to crown a new champion of the 2019-2020 season.