Grizzlies forward Justise Winslow questions whether NBA cares about player safety amid coronavirus
In a post on Friday's Instagram story, Justise Winslow, striker from Memphis Grizzlies, said some of the harshest criticisms an NBA player had voiced so far, and suggested that the league prioritize revenue over security.
"This is no longer about basketball or our security," says the Instagram post. "Everything about the Benjamin baby. I'm not sure if they really care if we get corona. FOH. "
Winslow also questioned the effectiveness of a "smart ring" to measure the symptoms of the coronavirus. Players participating in the planned resumption of the 2019-20 season will have access to the rings.
Justise Winslow shares some of his thoughts on the NBA restart.
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Following the Utah Jazz Center's positive jazz center, Rudy Gobert, who tested positive for the corona virus and forced the season to be suspended, the NBA changed strongly from its original stance of resuming the season “when and when it was for everyone involved is sure to become "a number of bad options, none of which are risk free.
The Grizzlies are among the 22 teams scheduled to report back next month in Orlando, Florida for the rest of the season. Details of the NBA plan raise numerous concerns regarding the resumption of the season in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic and worldwide protests against systemic social injustices.
Justise Winslow, the Grizzlies striker, criticized the NBA's return plan. (Jevone Moore / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Winslow was traded from Miami Heat to Memphis in February. He still has to play for the grizzlies and has a back injury for most of the season. He told Memphis Commercial Appeal last month, "I was just waiting to put this shirt on." Winslow also spoke about his struggle for mental health.
"All I know is that I have a greater purpose than basketball and that it only helps everyone realize their potential and that the mental health aspect is a big part of it," said Winslow in an interview with Grind City Media in late May . "We don't have to talk about it all day, but we have to take our time every day."
After a group of NBA superstars set up a unified front to continue the season and the National Basketball Players Association unanimously agreed to allow further negotiations on the 22-team return-to-play scenario, Brooklyn led Nets star Kyrie Irving recently held a conference by asking players to voice their concerns. Almost a fifth of the league's players reportedly participated in the call.
The grizzlies are currently eighth in the Western Conference. A likely exit from the first round against the Los Angeles Lakers is waiting for them if they stick to the final playoff seed. Questions relate to the engagement of teams that play the season and have little chance of fighting a championship.
Orlando saw a significant increase in the percentage of positive coronavirus tests in the weeks after the Florida economy reopened. The state reported a record 3,207 new cases on Thursday.
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