Patrick Beverley: If LeBron Wants NBA to Resume Season Then Everyone Will Play

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Patrick Beverley #21 of the Los Angeles Clippers guards LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of the game at Staples Center on December 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. 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 Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

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There is reportedly friction between players about restarting the NBA season, but Los Angeles Clippers star Patrick Beverley believes LeBron James holds the power:

Patrick Beverley @patbev21

Hoopers say what y’all want. If @KingJames said he hooping. We all hooping. Not Personal only BUSINESS🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 🙏🏾 #StayWoke ✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿

The NBA announced a plan to restart the 2019-20 season with 22 teams on July 30 in Orlando, Florida, after the season was initially suspended in March because of the coronavirus. Union team reps reportedly approved the deal with a 28-0 vote, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Players have since voiced their frustrations about the restart, with Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving reportedly holding a call with about 100 players asking them not to participate, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Among the concerns from players are the injury risk after a long layoff, the restrictions within the Orlando “bubble” and the idea of detracting from recent protests against systemic racism.

Former player Matt Barnes recently said on Yahoo Sports’ Dunk Bait that there could be holdouts, noting that “there are some whispers about some teams not being comfortable.”

However, James was reportedly part of a private call with Chris Paul, Giannis Antetokounmpo and other stars who decided in May they would take the court when the league resumed, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. James’ Lakers led the Western Conference with a 49-14 record before the season was suspended.

Even if not all players are comfortable, Beverley thinks the league will side with James if it comes to it.

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