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Woj Calls Kyrie Irving a Disruptor
 

 

When the National Basketball Players a*sociation conducted a conference call and vote on restarting the season a week ago, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was an active participant -- although his questions were of a mundane nature.


As an injured player, sources say Irving asked, would he count among the Nets allotted 35 people should he want to join the Orlando bubble? Could he sit in the stands to cheer on his teammates? Use a sauna for his rehab?

He had a question about NBA sponsors on campus, and whether they would be supplying players with products. A union official asked him for an example, and Irving mentioned a popular adult beverage -- before insisting that he had indeed simply shared an example; and wondered what food might be provided to players under league partnerships.
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All in all, his inquiries weren't of weighty consequence.

There were two dozen-plus team representatives and several more executive committee members on the call, and Irving's stature as one of the NBPA's six elected vice presidents, his credentials as an NBA Finals and All-Star Game MVP, elevated him among those peers voting on the call. The final tally: 28-0.

Looking back, the call itself was much less a discussion on the merits of restarting the season, and much more a Q-and-A with Executive Director Michele Roberts and president Chris Paul on the mechanics and rules expected to govern teams, players and the bubble environment, sources said.

So yes, it surprised several of his NBPA colleagues that Irving -- lost to the season with shoulder surgery in March -- was simultaneously lending his voice to a different discussion with rank-and-file union members on upending the league's plans for a 22-team restart at Disney World in Orlando, sources said.

Irving is expected to be a significant voice on a call Friday night that's expected to include a substantial percentage of the league's players, sources said. Irving's been a leader in sharing his thoughts on race and wealth in America, asking how precisely a predominately black group of NBA players should proceed in this climate of racial transformation in the country.

Irving has forged a reputation as a disruptor within his NBA career, and that's emerging again at this crucial moment for the NBA. Irving's stance has pitted himself against the league's establishment one more time, including his former Cavaliers teammate LeBron James. There's significant support to resume the season among the league's superstars -- most of whom are on playoff contenders -- and Irving seems to be relishing the clash.

"I'm not as interested in him as the messenger than I am in the message," one Western Conference player told ESPN on Friday. In some instances in the past several days, Irving has a*sured some in the NBPA that he's aligned with the broader plan surrounding the league's return in Orlando -- and then directed a far more skeptical tone to players he's engaged with within the Nets and across the league, sources said.

In recent days, Irving has been one of the prominent player voices tapping into the hearts, minds and ambitions of his peers in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody. Players are discussing everything now -- from the limitations of freedom in the proposed bubble, the value of the remaining season for many teams and players, the risk of sickness and injury, and yes, the pain, anguish and determination of communities throughout the country on the issues of police brutality and racial equality.

While many players themselves are arguing that these discussions benefit from a global stage with the world watching the resumption in Orlando, the argument hasn't been so simple for some players.

"Once we start playing basketball again, the news will turn from systemic racism to who did what in the game last night. It's a crucial time for us to be able to play and blend that and impact what's happening in our communities," one widely respected NBA player told ESPN. "We are asking ourselves, 'Where and how can we make the biggest impact?' Mental health is part of the discussion too, and how we handle all of that in a bubble."

The limitations of the NBA bubble is a significant part of players uncertainty too. There appears to be players who'll stay home, but how many? And for what ultimate reasons? Several players who've participated in these recent calls and conversations tell ESPN that they're still leaning toward playing in Orlando but want to keep listening and talking on a number of the factors that concern them.

As they're talking to each other, many players are hearing stern warnings from their agents -- especially on the financial implications of a lost season. Agents have spent the latter stages of this week delivering foreboding warnings on the short- and long-term financial impact if the season gets blown up.

Players are already losing an estimated $300 million in salary, and terminating the rest of the season would cost another 25 percent of salary with owner's exercising the Force Majeure provision. That's on top of losing an additional 10 percent held in escrow that would be lost to the league too. NBA players would stand to lose $1.2 billion in salary this season.

There exist larger fears for next season. The NBA has the ability to terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreement that already includes a mutual opt-out in 2022-2023. Already, the NBA and NBPA have to negotiate a long list of financial and competitive items to account for the loss of revenue, but agents expect that the league would react to the cancellation of this season by blowing up the CBA, locking out the players and moving to implement a more unfavorable financial share of Basketball Related Income, which is now essentially a 50-50 split.

The NBA has its superstars on board for a resumption, but it needs a broader base of its players to be fully committed to Orlando. For now, there's restlessness and uncertainty and a Friday night call with Irving on the line. The NBPA's vice president has become far less communicative with the executive committee and leadership and far more engaged with the rank-and-file membership.

For a superstar who counted himself out of the season, suddenly, the clock's ticking down and the ball's in Irving's hands again.
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Top 10 most propped recently  1 year ago '04        #2
Javon23  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11
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 1 year ago '04        #3
zone3cp 
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Yeah he always gave me that vibe as a bi*ch n*gga.


Nobody gonna listen to dude. It’ll be different if you had a chance of winning a chip.

Some players who not getting paid like him need that dough.

What’s sad is next season is not even guaranteed. This when the flu hits the hardest.
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 1 year ago '20        #4
Abso 
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So k*lla Kyrie thinking about the bigger issue is a distraction cause your privileged white a*s can’t do anything but write nasty things in print cause you have no other uses
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 1 year ago '12        #5
TrillSwag  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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You know he a weirdo when he was talking that flat earth sh*t. Most a1 Professional hoopers are weirdos with no social skills. They play so much ball they never learn people person skills


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 1 year ago '19        #6
SuperPawgHunter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 zone3cp said


Nobody gonna listen to dude. Itíll be different if you had a chance of winning a chip.
Anyone who would dismiss Kyrie's stance because he doesn't have a chance of winning a ring this year should, or already has admitted any position they have taken on racial equality is clout chasing.

Fake outrage.

It isn't like this is shocking, though.
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 1 year ago '06        #7
marcusaka50 
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If you not a championship team why would you play?
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 1 year ago '04        #8
zone3cp 
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 VeryGreedySaint. said
Anyone who would dismiss Kyrie's stance because he doesn't have a chance of winning a ring this year should, or already has admitted any position they have taken on racial equality is clout chasing.

Fake outrage.

It isn't like this is shocking, though.
I donít even understand what youíre saying.
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 1 year ago '19        #9
SuperPawgHunter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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,..and Woj is looking really funny in the light as far as I'm concerned.
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 1 year ago '19        #10
SuperPawgHunter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 zone3cp said
I donít even understand what youíre saying.
I am not surprised.

 1 year ago '06        #11
SuppaSlick 
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I get kyries point. And I feel like it might be more valid if they were going to resume next week. There is nearly two months before games start.

With no sports on the message and movement is strong and sports will certainly dilute it as a obvious distraction.

I'm still not sure what the short term goals for the black lives matter movement is. Systematic police reform? Stronger training? More diversity? Transparency?

What are the steps to do those things beyond buzz words?
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 1 year ago '16        #12
MHP Trotty  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Called this in 2012.

Y’all just getting hip to this goofy a*s n*gga?

Kyrie is to bi*ch n*ggas what AI is to hood n*ggas
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 1 year ago '09        #13
ahmadou1  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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n*gga Kyrie done made 200 million in contracts/endorsements and he want Free Henn
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 1 year ago '04        #14
zone3cp 
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 VeryGreedySaint. said
I am not surprised.
You got a run on sentence trying sound smart, with three different opinions.

It ainít that hard to express yourself without all that BS savvy sh*t that comes out looking dumb.
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 1 year ago '07        #15
Rico23  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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So he decided to literally act out the recent Game of Zones videos
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 1 year ago '10        #16
stizz44  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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"and wondered what food might be provided to players under league partnerships"



Kyrie a clown
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 1 year ago '17        #17
CamburyBXGreat 
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 Abso said
So k*lla Kyrie thinking about the bigger issue is a distraction cause your privileged white a*s canít do anything but write nasty things in print cause you have no other uses
Shut up and play ball is how they all feel... No basketball Woj becomes irrelevant.
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 1 year ago '19        #18
SuperPawgHunter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 zone3cp said
You got a run on sentence trying sound smart, with three different opinions.

It ainít that hard to express yourself without all that BS savvy sh*t that comes out looking dumb.
Trying to find a way to moonwalk your way out of a discussion is as lame as your willingness to risk the trajectory American seems to be on in regards to racial equality, for the sake of sports.
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 1 year ago '10        #19
6.Yrs 
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 Abso said
So k*lla Kyrie thinking about the bigger issue is a distraction cause your privileged white a*s can’t do anything but write nasty things in print cause you have no other uses
Exactly!

fu*k Woj. Did the sh*t in minny even happen yet at the time Woj is talking about?

Imma say one of his bosses or a nba owner connect put him up to writing this to try and save the season. sh*t Woj needs the season to come back as much as anyone.

sh*t is garbage no matter how emo Kyrie is.

Again... fu*k Woj!


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 1 year ago '19        #20
Big Tymerz  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x50
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Kyrie and KD match made in heaven
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 1 year ago '19        #21
SuperPawgHunter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 stizz44 said
"and wondered what food might be provided to players under league partnerships"



Kyrie a clown
....you don't see what they did?

In order to undermine him and his concerns, they exposed that question, as if that is all he said/asked the entire time.

It is so easy to see how a very small no. of people can control the minds of billions.
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 1 year ago '04        #22
zone3cp 
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 VeryGreedySaint. said
Trying to find a way to moonwalk your way out of a discussion is as lame as your willingness to risk the trajectory American seems to be on in regards to racial equality, for the sake of sports.
This the sports section if u wanna talk out your neck go to the news section.

Just spit whatís real that you feel. All that extra fluff fugazi.
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 1 year ago '19        #23
SuperPawgHunter  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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You all are going to fall for this bullsh*t.

Kyrie wants to focus on the bigger picture, and the people who want to bring sports back are going to write whatever they can about him to make him seem like someone who shouldn't be taken seriously. . .

. . . and you all are going to fall for it. SMH.
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 1 year ago '09        #24
TraV 
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Woj is a herb.

Connected herb, but herb nonetheless.
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 1 year ago '17        #25
Lite  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Superpawghunter changed his name to verygreedysaint.. What a weirdo

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