Enes Kanter: I heard ‘so many’ players on East playoff team, including superstars, won’t play
A question that didn’t receive enough attention earlier in the process:
Would players actually play under these conditions?
Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston:
"If I tell you who it is, you’d go crazy."— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) May 29, 2020
Enes Kanter said a former teammate told him there's at least one All-Star on an East playoff team who suggested he won't play if the NBA restarts.
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Celtics center Enes Kanter:
Keep in mind, this is second-hand at best. It’s also an attention-grabbing claim from someone who loves grabbing attention. So, have some skepticism.
Nets star Kyrie Irving is the only player known to be clearly against a restart.*
*Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum’s priorities are unclear.
McCollum also commended Trail Blazers owner Jody Allen for voting no on the 22-team plan.
However, the union’s vote for resuming was 28-0, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. McCollum is an NBPA vice president.
I don’t know which group chat McCollum was referring to. The union’s informal poll a month ago?
McCollum’s concern about the Collective Bargaining Agreement is quite valid and sounds like a point by someone who supports restarting.
If Kanter is talking about Brooklyn… OK. Irving and Keivn Durant are out for the season, anyway. The only major revelation would be players waiting for a vaccine or cure. That could be a while.
There’s also a huge difference between expressing hesitation about playing and stating an intent not to play. There’s ANOTHER HUGE JUMP to actually not playing and sacrificing salary.
I suspect nearly all players on the continuing 22 teams will ultimately report to Disney World. But that’s not a certainty, and there’s definitely plenty of chatter about players sitting out.