Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Jared Dudley indicate they’re not among NBA players reluctant to restart

first_imgBut other players perceive the situation differently.“The difference in the economic gap between white America and black America is astronomical,” Garrett Temple, the Nets guard and former Clipper, who is vice president for the National Basketball Players Association, told ESPN. “I can’t in good conscience tell my brethren to throw away millions of dollars in order to create change that I don’t see the direct impact of — if there was a direct impact of laws changing, that would be a different story.” With the volume increasing Friday on some players’ behind-the-scenes concerns about the NBA’s return-to-play plan, a pair of Lakers made it known that they’re not among the dissenters and at least one other member of the team reportedly spoke up about possibly sitting out the rest of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic and social issues facing the nation.After Howard Beck reported Friday afternoon that Kyrie Irving was a driving force in organizing a conference call for players worried about the NBA’s “bubble plan,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma tweeted: “Some of us want to hoop and compete don’t get that twisted.”His teammate Jared Dudley chimed in: “Facts! What time is this zoom call today! I’m on it!”Then, following the call, the Athletic’s Shams Charania tweeted that Lakers center Dwight Howard was among the players — in addition to Donovan Mitchell and Carmelo Anthony — who discussed not resuming play. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ center_img “Wouldn’t that defeat the purpose?” tweeted Spencer Dinwiddie, the Nets guard who hails from L.A.Instead, on-site support staff will always have to wear facemasks and gloves, maintain strict physical distancing, never come within 6 feet of NBA participants and undergo temperature and symptom checks, according to Charania, who reported that Irving told his colleagues on Friday’s call, “Something smells a little fishy.”Some players also reportedly also are troubled by the notion of returning to the game amidst the national movement for racial justice that’s swept the nation following the May 25 killing of George Floyd. Haynes wrote that some players believe it’s “bad optics for a league comprised predominantly of black men to be sequestered in one location for up to three months merely to entertain the masses and ease the league’s economic burden.”Related Articles Photos: Lakers defeat Trail Blazers in Game 4 of first-round playoff series The Lakers, who were among the title favorites this season, were 49-14 and in first place in the Western Conference when play was suspended March 11 on account of the pandemic.Dudley has pointed out in various forums that players have a lot to lose if they opt not to finish the season, which could give the league’s owners an opportunity to void the current collective bargaining agreement.“Huge financial implications if we don’t play,” Dudley tweeted Friday. “(Salaries) cut in half and possible no season the following year.”Still, Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported that a “significant number” of players are disappointed they didn’t have an opportunity to vote on the restart plan last week, when the National Basketball Players Association executive committee and its board of representatives approved the league’s 22-team comeback in late July at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.Some players are uneasy about the idea of returning to a quarantined campus, where Disney employees will not be subjected to the “bubble,” according to NBC’s Tom Haberstroh. Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant last_img

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