Report: Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, More Talked Sitting Out NBA Restart
Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving led a call with over 80 NBA and WNBA gamers Friday in which they discussed the NBA’s prepared reboot at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex just outside of Orlando, Florida.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, Portland Path Sports jackets forward Carmelo Anthony and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard discussed possibly sitting out a restart, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium:
” Sources: Kyrie Irving led a call of 80-plus NBA players, consisting of Chris Paul/Kevin Durant/Carmelo Anthony/Donovan Mitchell, and Irving and numerous players spoke up about not supporting resumed season due to nationwide unrest from social injustice/racism.
” Donovan Mitchell, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard among others spoke out about potentially remaining due to social/COVID -19 concerns, per sources. NBPA management, Paul/Garrett Temple, provided insight too. Every player had a voice– wants to find function, whether they play or not.”
Mitchell reacted to the report on Twitter:
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports added: “… Viewpoints were voiced, concerns addressed and a typical theme developed: Whatever we do, we’re in this together.”
” I don’t support going into Orlando,” Irving said, per Charania. “I’m not with the systematic racism and the bulls– t. Something smells a little fishy.”
“I want to quit everything I have (for social reform),” he added.
The NBA is arranged to restart the 2019-20 season July 30.
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