NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shared his thoughts on the suspension of the NBA and the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Abdul-Jabbar is proud that the NBA didn’t use money as motivation, but instead looked out for the well-being of its players and fans.
“What makes the actions of the NBA and other sports so significant is that they are doing this voluntarily, without coercion from the federal government.
They could have dragged their feet – as the federal government did – and wrung every last dollar out of the public before closing their doors. But they put public health above self-interest, which is something the Trump administration can’t say. They are leading by example, which is something Trump himself hasn’t done.
Just a couple days ago, while the CDC and every other health advisory group was emphasizing not shaking hands, Trump waded into a group of fans to shake their hands,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote for The Guardian.
The NBA decided to suspend the season for at least 30 days, after Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz were tested positive for the coronavirus.