While WNBA players appear to be closing in on a deal with the league to stage a 22-game season at the IMG Academy in Florida, the NBA is in the midst of a similar discussion over whether or not to restart its season at the Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World in Orlando.
Earlier this week, all indications appeared to be pointing towards the NBPA agreeing to take its talents to the Wide World of Sports Complex, turning Disney into a sequestered and quarantined “bubble” for NBA personnel.
Over 80 WNBA and NBA players were on a conference call that centered on issues regarding systemic racism. The WNBA contingency included the Los Angeles Sparks’ Kristi Toliver, the Washington Mystics’ Natasha Cloud and the Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes and Renee Montgomery.
The notable headline from that Zoom call was when Kyrie Irving spoke out against restarting the season with the case being that it would serve as a distraction from issues regarding systemic racism in the United States of America. Dwight Howard has since made similar comments believing that now is not the time to be playing basketball currently.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes, Irving said he would travel to Orlando if the players felt it was the right decision to restart the season.
Among the other NBA notables on that call included Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Mo Bamba, Kyle Lowry, Andre Iguodala, Rudy Gay and Harrison Barnes.