Ed Davis sheds light on how it is easy for superstars like Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard to sit out of the NBA restart, but not for role players
The Discussion on NBA season restart is heating up with several NBA stars coming out with strong statements. Utah Jazz center Ed Davis was also among the 80 players that participated in the zoom conference and has now voiced his concerns.
Why Ed Davis thinks that players should not sit out
Davis called out Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard regarding their views on the NBA restart at Orlando, Florida.
“It’s easy for a guy like Kyrie [Irving] to say that he’ll give everything back [for social reform], but would he really give everything back? It’s easy for Dwight Howard to say that we don’t need to play when he’s in Atlanta in his $20 million mansion” he said.
He also threw some light on the life of not so famous NBA players. Some NBA players need a paycheck for the ones they care about. Players(especially role players) are not so financially stable unlike big names like LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers, and many more.
“But there are other guys on the rosters who need this money to provide for whoever they’re taking care of and things like that. It’s easy for the superstars in the league to say this and how they feel about this and that. But it means a lot more when it comes from the role players and the guys that [aren’t stars].” Davis said
Ed Davis: “It’s easy for Kyrie [Irving] to say that he’ll give everything back [for social reform], but would he really give everything back? It’s easy for Dwight Howard to say that we don’t need to play when he’s in Atlanta in his $20 million mansion.“ 👀 https://t.co/xAzoaLdyZT
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“There are so many different perspectives because there are so many different levels in the NBA. Like I said, it’s so easy for the superstars to say, “Let’s just not play,” and they’re good. But some guys can’t just do that. There are lives on the line and, like I said, generational wealth on the line. These are the hits that we’re going to take if we don’t play.” he added.
He thinks that the NBA is a much better platform to show support to the American Black Community as the NBA is dominated by Black Americans, taking Part in the restart will enable the players to extend their support in an effective manner for the ongoing racial movements like “Black Lives Matter”.
Davis is sure that the NBA will resume
The conference that was hosted on Friday consisted of players with different opinions but the majority of the players are in favor of the restart. Ed Davis is 99.99% sure that the 2019-20 season will restart and the players will back on the court.
Majority of the players are concerned with the financial consequences and are not willing to drop the season due to the ongoing movement, they rather think that playing in the NBA will provide them with resources that they can use to show support and bring the chance that America needs in terms of equality.