More than 80 players participated in a conference call on Friday night to address concerns over the NBA’s resumption plan, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Celtics guard Kyrie Irving was the leading voice on the call, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. While NBA has solidified key resumption dates, a plan approved by player reps last week, Irving has emerged as the most prominent player with major reservations about resuming the season.
Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Donovan Mitchell were among the participants on the call, and numerous players voiced their concerns about finishing the season amid "nationwide unrest" regarding social injustice and racism, Charania adds.
During the call, one unnamed player texted Wojnarowski regarding some of the issues raised during the call, including playing in the Orlando bubble. “He’s trying to give players a platform to be able to have a discussion — on the bubble, racial equality and unity. ... It’s a good call.”
Irving underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in March. His presence in Orlando would only be as an interested observer and to support his Nets teammates.
Irving was an active participant in last week’s call when the reps agreed to the resumption plan and only chimed in with mundane questions. Thus, his actions to organize a broader conference call that could change or even halt the resumption plan has surprised several of his NBPA colleagues, according to Wojnarowski.