However, with the country reopening, despite COVID-19 cases spiking all over the country, some people are wondering if it’s time for the players to return to the court.
According to CBS, in a June 12 conference call with NBA and WNBA players Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and and vice president of the NBA Players Association, said returning to the court is not a good idea and he's "willing to give up everything I have [for social reform]."
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Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers argued that players need their salaries, which could also fund important causes for social justice.
He also added, “Not to mention there are plenty of NBA players I know who need them paychecks.... 99% of the NBA hasn't made the money a guy like Kyrie has.”
Garrett Temple, who plays with Irving on the Nets, also disagreed with his teammate in an interview with ESPN, “When people bring up not playing -- we are a few black men that can make a little bit of money.