Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard feels that a resumption of the NBA season would only serve as a distraction during a time of reflection and protest in regard to the issue of racism.
Howard told CNN that given the unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police last month that now is not the time for games.
"Basketball, or entertainment period, isn't needed at this moment, and will only be a distraction," his lengthy statement began.
It continued: "I would love nothing more than to win my very first NBA Championship. But the unity of My People would be an even bigger Championship, that's just too beautiful to pass up. What better time than now for us to be focusing on our families?
Dwight Howard statement, provided by his agent, to CNN: pic.twitter.com/sk9uSSHlpp— Jill Martin (@ByJillMartin) June 14, 2020
"This is a rare opportunity that, I believe, we as a community should betaking full advantage of. When have we ever had this amount of time to sit and be with our families? This is where our Unity starts. At home! With Family!!
"European Colonization stripped us of our rich history, and we have yet to sit down and figure us out. The less distractions, the more we can put into action into rediscovering ourselves. Nations come out of families.
"Black/African American is not a Nation or Nationality. It's time Our Families became their own Nations. No Basketball till we get things resolved."
The NBA intends to finish the coronavirus-interrupted season and the playoffs at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida.
Training camp is set to beheld 9-29 July before the season restarts 30 July.
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving reportedly lobbied fellow players on Friday to sit out the scheduled resumption of play as a protest against racism, multiple media outlets reported.
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Irving told more than 80 NBA players on a conference call, "I don't support going into Orlando. I'm not with the systematic racism and the (expletive). Something smells a little fishy. ... I'm willing to give up everything I have (for social reform)."