Austin Rivers responds to Kyrie Irving, wants to play and make meaningful change at the same time
Austin Rivers understands where Kyrie Irving comes from because he doesn't want to continue the season amid massive protests against Black Lives Matter across the country.
He just doesn't think this is the best way to make changes.
The Houston Rockets guard said in a detailed comment on Instagram on Saturday how to play the rest of the season at Disney World near Orlando, Florida.
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"We would come back and put money in all our pickets (NBA players)," Rivers wrote partially. “With this money, you could help even more people and continue to devote your time and energy to the [Black Lives Matter] movement. Which means I'm 100 percent on board. Because changes have to take place and injustice lasts too long. "
Austin Rivers on Kyrie Irving, restarting the season: "I love Kyrie's passion to help this movement ... I'm in ... but in the right way and not at the expense of the entire career of the NBA and the players. We can do it Both of us. We can play and help change the way black lives are lived. "
3:47 PM - June 13, 2020
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The NBA will resume regular season on July 30th in Florida after a more than three-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 22 of the league's 30 teams will participate.
Kyrie Irving makes massive calls to players
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, more than 80 NBA and WNBA players attended a zoom conference call on Friday evening to discuss the pros and cons of returning to Orlando. The call, which lasted almost two hours, focused primarily on how players can help, among other things, "fight systemic racism, invest in black communities, and hold together through this process."
Irving, although he said he would stand with the group, was strongly against resuming the game. Instead, he wants to focus on racist oppression and systemic racism after George Floyd died in police custody last month - which has since led to protests across the country.
Others are with Irving, including Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and Donovan Mitchell, according to Haynes. Malcolm Brogdon, the guardian of the Indiana Pacers, said he had spoken to several players who, for various reasons, "are super keen to sit outside".
However, there are many who resist Irving, including LeBron James.
James, according to The Athletic's Sam Amick, "believes that playing in Orlando will not affect his ability to continue making inspiring changes." He wants to continue to stand out. He wants to play basketball. And as always, he clearly believes that he can do both at the same time. "
That seems to be the same message that Rivers sends.
"I love Kyrie's passion to help this movement. It's admirable and inspiring. I'm there," Rivers wrote.
"We can do both. We can play and we can help change the way black lives are lived. I think we have too! In my opinion, however, the cancellation or boycott of the return is not the case. Boys want to play and care and help change! "
Despite respecting Kyrie Irving's message, Austin Rivers plans to play in Orlando next month. (AP / Michael Dwyer)
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