Matt Barnes is furious with Kyrie Irving’s statement about the NBA restart as he feels that it divides the NBA community.
Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving has been the topic for discussion over the past weekend. On Friday Kyrie organized a zoom conference for NBA players to discuss the NBA season restart.
Matt Barnes take on Irving
Matt Barnes on IG TV Live said that “Kyrie needs to stop this. Sitting out without a cause or a purpose defeats the purpose. And then it also divides us,”
Kyrie will not be the part of the roaster that will join the bubble in Orlando. He is of the opinion that the NBA season will be a distraction towards the ongoing movements against racism in America.
Matt Barnes speaking the truth per usual. I highly suggest checking out the full IGTV post with Stak on Matts profile… pic.twitter.com/rjLz6qfQwc
— BasketballZack (@ZackbkHoops) June 15, 2020
Michael Wilbon, NBA analyst also agrees with the majority of NBA players that are in favor of the restart. He rejects the idea that the NBA’s return will distract from the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
Why does Kyrie Irving not want the NBA restart?
The Nets star feels that an NBA restart might take the focus away from the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and that the NBA would only serve as a distraction, as the media would be reporting the NBA and not the protests happening all around the country.
What NBA players might miss if they choose not to play
Imagine one team wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts and the other kneeling down with “I Can’t Breathe” jerseys before the start of the game. The impact this kind of thing will make on the globe will be huge. The NBA is the best platform that players and the organization can use to fight against racial inequality in America.
NBA being famous worldwide can attract the attention of America as well as fans from other parts of the World for the movements going on in the United States.
Two African-American athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fist on the podium after winning a 200-meters running event in the 1968 summer Olympics. The gesture was to bring the attention of the world to racial inequality. They showed the power of using a world platform. Some inspiration can be taken by the NBA players and they can use the platform that they have to extend support to racial movements in America.