Over the past few weeks, there has been a large debate over whether or not NBA players should be going back to the court to finish off the season. Of course, the league wants the remainder of the season to take place in the bubble city constructed in Orlando, Florida, although not everyone is sold that this is going to be a safe plan without negative consequences. Meanwhile, other players believe they should be more focused on fighting for racial equality, as opposed to an NBA championship.
Today, Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder spoke to ESPN about the plans to head back to the court this season, and as he explained, he has no problems continuing the season although he does plan on protesting. As Tim Bontemps reported, Paul said: "You're going to continue to hear us. This isn't a 'Shut up and dribble' situation."
Many sports leagues don't allow their players to protest in such a way although the NBA has certainly encouraged it quite a bit over the years. With this in mind, it shouldn't come as a surprise that players won't be shy to exercise their first amendment rights.
When the season reboots on July 30th, it will be interesting to see how the players elevate their voices in this time of need.