With the NBA set to resume toward the end of July, the league has never been more divided. After a referendum in which 29 of the 30 teams voted to resume the season, some have started to revolt. Stars like Dwight Howard, Kyrie Irving, and Damian Lillard have pleaded to cancel the season. However, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is strongly in favor of resuming the season and has the support of the majority of the league.
LeBron James is expected to have the support of ‘most players’ in an NBA restart, per USA Today
“Another person told USA TODAY Sports that as long as Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James still wants to resume the season, he will have the support of most players.” pic.twitter.com/K18CnINxXs
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) June 16, 2020
LeBron James urges teammates to play
The 3-time champion has never held back when it comes to the social front and continues to work for the good of society when he’s off-court. His teammates Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley have proposed to sit out the season as a sign of protest. However, the 4x MVP has guaranteed his teammates that he will act in the best interests of the community without boycotting the season.
LeBron recently took to Twitter to share a strong message about social injustice with his followers and fellow players. He also addressed those who said that he has given up on racial issues.
Until You Understand The History of what’s been going on to US in America, then you’ll never understand why We are in Pain til this day! https://t.co/9TuC8yOFV2
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 15, 2020
The NBA will be a distraction
Players who have opposed the restart believe that the racial equality movement is stronger than ever and restarting the season will make people lose focus. They do not want the movement to lose its pace and fizzle out. Most of the players have attended several protests over the past few weeks. Additionally, others have made donations to strengthen the movement.