Big name players including Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard spoke out about possibly sitting out due to social/COVID-19 issues.
NBPA leadership, Chris Paul and Garrett Temple provided insight on the Zoom call too, according to Shams Charania.
Every player reportedly had a voice and wants to find purpose, whether they play or not.
Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard among others spoke out about possibly sitting out due to social/COVID-19 issues, per sources. NBPA leadership, Paul/Garrett Temple, provided insight too. Every player had a voice — wants to find purpose, whether they play or not.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 13, 2020
Irving led the call of 80-plus NBA players including Paul, Anthony, Mitchell, Kevin Durant and several others who spoke up about not supporting the resumed season due to nationwide unrest from social injustice/reform, Charania added.
Mitchell responded to the report on Twitter:
To clarify, Mitchell “expressed concerns about playing due to being ‘behind the eight ball’ having not played five-on-five and being thrust into a competitive environment and eight-game regular season,” Charania reported.
“We’re taking a big [injury] risk,” Mitchell reportedly said.
Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks added more context:
Regarding Donovan Mitchell – sources say that Donovan expressed his concerns about coronavirus (which he has already had) and the very high risk of injury. That was the context of his comments on playing/not playing.
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) June 13, 2020
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