June 16, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Commissioner Adam Silver has informed all 30 teams on Tuesday that upon the league restart next month, a central goal for the NBA will be to utilize their platform to accentuate the issues of racial inequality and police brutality that are currently crippling the United States.
In Silver's own words, "A central goal of our season restart will be to utilize the NBA's platform to bring attention and sustained action to issues of social injustice…" We should expect nothing less from Silver at this point, as he has handled nearly every conundrum the league has faced during his (short) tenure as commissioner with complete class, kindness, effectiveness, and professionalism. All that being said, this is likely a bit of a response to the recent question marks brought forth by various players such as Kyrie Irving, Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley regarding the league's plan to return to play amid a tumultuous global climate. It would be wise to expect Irving to issue some sort of "double-down" statement in response within the week. On Tuesday, he reportedly proposed starting a new league in a group chat with some teammates. Grab your popcorn.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter