Former NFL superstar Shannon Sharpe is in agreement with Houston Rockets reserve Austin Rivers on his stance of the NBA’s return.
Although the NBA seemed in unison on an NBA return leading up to league commissioner Adam Silver’s announcement, the stakes have changed drastically of late. A player’s coalition speared by Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley, and former Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard have raised legitimate questions forcing the players around the league to take a side.
This has caused debates throughout the media on what will happen next, with Irving being largely made out to be the villain, in part because of his former teammate Kendrick Perkins calling him out at every opportunity. Rockets guard Austin Rivers took a stance in favor of both sides, stating the possibility of playing while also leading the charge on the social issues our country has been plagued with.
Rivers was one of the first players to directly say that he believes it’s possible to do both simultaneously, which drew praise from his father, LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers. But Rivers also faced backlash and blowback for making those comments, which led to him removing his statement from Instagram.
Although Rivers received criticism, he isn’t the only prominent figure to share these thoughts and views.
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