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The NBA Return Can Be a Great Thing for America

Ryan Beltran

Posted on July 5, 2020 02:06

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The NBA is set to resume the postponed 2019-2020 season at the end of this month, but there are still lingering issues before the resumption begins.

The NBA still seems most likely to go forward with its July 30 plan to restart even with a reported 25 players who have tested positive for the coronavirus this past week. Many players have also already decided to sit out due to concerns about their health for themselves and their loved ones because of the virus. 

On the other hand, protests from social groups like Black Lives Matter and other groups have also sparked recently in response to the death of George Floyd this past May. Protestors are voicing their complaints about the long-term problems of police brutality and racism in America as well.

Along with this, NBA players from Kyrie Irving to Dwight Howard, have voiced their concerns that resuming the NBA season could be more distracting than helpful to the current efforts across America. 

In general, there is no denying the issues in America right now and that the restart of competitive sports could be problematic in many ways. Still, sports like the NBA must use the continuation of the season as a platform to keep people positive during these tough times either politically or non-politically.

In my opinion, as much as it is important to focus on important news stories in our society, having an outlet and a break from these issues should also be encouraged. We should try to help out important causes to the best of our abilities, but we should not be critical of people for wanting to enjoy simple things that they love as well.

We should also not forget that the teams like the Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, Nuggets and all teams within the playoff picture this season deserve to finish it. As long as players and coaches are protected as much as possible, players like Lebron and Giannis deserve to pursue their goals as well as the other players on playoff teams.

Lastly, even if the NBA could distract us from the real issues like police brutality and systemic racism, the fans should trust the NBA can use the remaining season to make a statement and take part in trying to enact change in America. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has already said the NBA would encourage any signs of protest and would contribute to helping the Black Lives Matter movement and other social movements across the country.

Yes, the late Muhammad Ali and more recently Colin Kaepernick's way of protesting did take lots of sacrifices, but athletes can also make just as big an impact as the powerful examples given, while also playing the sport they love.

There may be more complications down the line before and during the NBA restarts its season, but the public should put their trust that the league and players can deliver a beneficial compromise for everyone once they start playing.

Ryan Beltran

Posted on July 5, 2020 02:06

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If the league can do daily testing like Adam Silver wants, he said the pause would only be a couple of days.

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