Another Distraction: Dwight Howard not in favor of NBA return
Numerous NBA players have spoken up against the league’s decision to resume the 2019-2020 season in Orlando, and that included Dwight Howard.
According to the Los Angeles Lakers center, the NBA return will only cause a distraction to the continuous protest for social injustice, particularly Black Americans like George Floyd who died under the hands of Minneapolis police officers.
Desoite the fact that Howard now has a chance of winning his first championship ring with the Lakers, he would rather see NBA scrap the season once and for all.
“Basketball, or entertainment period, isn’t needed at this moment, and will only be a distraction,” Howard said.
“Sure it might not distract us the players, but we have resources at hand majority of our community don’t have. And the smallest distraction for them, can start a trickle down effect that may never stop. Especially with the way the climate is now. I would love nothing more than to win my very first NBA Championship. But the unity of My People would be an even bigger Championship, that’s just to (sic) beautiful to pass up. What better time than now for us to be focusing on our families.”
Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving and Los Angeles Clippers bench gunner Lou Williams also thought that resuming the NBA games will only cause distraction from fighting against racial discrimination.
However, fellow Lakers teammates Lebron James and Kyle Kuzma were in favor of starting the games again, saying that hooping won’t affect their protest for #BlackLivesMatter.