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Report: High-profile NBA players warning other players about costs of not playing

Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Thunder guard Chris Paul

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 7: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets talks with Chris Paul #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Barclays Center on January 7, 2020 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)

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Several NBA superstars united last month on finishing the season. Behind that support, National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul and the union brokered a deal with owners on a resumption format.

But Kyrie Irving is reportedly leading a group of players resistant to the plan. Their concerns vary – from safety to living conditions in Disney World to discomfort playing before racial injustice is addressed.

Now, the big names are re-stating their case.

Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports:

I get the concerns of resistant players. From the onset, it appears the union failed to properly assess the desires of its members (not that every player made it easy to understand his priorities).

But the high-profile players are right: There’s a lot of money on the line – this season and beyond.

Owners could terminate the Collective Bargaining Agreement through force majeure if the season gets canceled. At that point, all bets are off. Even without that drastic measure, there’s no guarantee the NBA can start next season on time amid the coronavirus pandemic.

There’s an opportunity right now to make a lot of money. Players should think long and hard before bypassing it.