Nets’ Kyrie Irving Proposes That Players Start Their Own League

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

In the past few days, Brooklyn Nets’ superstar Kyrie Irving emerged as the most prominent voice against NBA’s plan to resume the 2019/20 season in a “bubble” setting. And, according to reports, Irving isn’t just lobbying for players to boycott the league’s plan but is also pushing an intriguing alternative.

According to New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy, Irving recently had a group chat with his teammates and tried to convince them to skip the proposed resume of the season. Also, the 28-year-old All-Star suggested that the players should start their own league.

Bondy later followed up on his original report, saying that Irving’s proposal “is not necessarily” in response NBA’s plan to wrap up 2019/20 at Disneyworld in Orlando. This indicates that Irving possibly thinks about forming a long-term alternative to the NBA.

Last week, Kyrie Irving led a conference call that featured approximately 80 NBA players, during which he strongly advocated that they shouldn’t join their teams in Orlando and focus instead on the fight against racial injustice in the wake of current social unrest in the United States. This group of players, featuring LA Lakers’ Dwight Howard and Avery Bradley among others, later issued a statement about the matter and NBA’s role in it.

Irving himself was already ruled out from the trip to Orlando, as he underwent a season-ending shoulder injury. His Brooklyn Nets are currently seventh seed in the East and will most likely make the playoffs.