Over the last month, there have been a lot of stories about how various NBA players — including several Lakers — were considering whether or not they should sit out when the league decided to resume its season at Disney World.
Lakers guard Avery Bradley decided to skip the restart, choosing not to risk the health of his family. Veteran center Dwight Howard is still deciding whether or not he’ll ultimately go. For Anthony Davis, the decision was a little simpler.
“No I haven’t,” Davis said when asked if he ever considered sitting out, and him not hesitating isn’t due to a lack of concern about the social justice issues that Howard, Bradley and other NBA players have raised awareness of. Quite the opposite, in fact.
“If I have more guys who are going to be there who kind of have the same thoughts and ideas that I have, and we can kind of sit down in a room and brainstorm on what we can do, I think it’ll be easier for everybody,” Davis said.
The NBA and NBPA have already come up with a few ideas, from painting “Black Lives Matter” on the courts the players will play on, to allowing players to put statements in support of social justice causes on their jerseys. Those are almost assuredly not the only gestures players will make to demonstrate on behalf of fights that are important to them, and Davis believes that having everyone in one place will make the process of deciding on how to best demonstrate even easier.
“The more minds we have, the more ideas and thoughts we can come up with to kind of change the world, and change what’s going on. For me it was never to a point of not going, just because I feel like me individually trying to do it is not enough,” Davis said.
Davis’ teammate, LeBron James, reportedly feels similarly, believing that he can make a social justice impact while playing NBA games. The amount of players joining the two of them in Orlando make it clear that Davis and James aren’t the only ones who think that way.
“I think we’re stronger together. Everyone in Orlando, we’re going to obviously talk about everything that’s going on from the social injustice standpoint,” Davis said. “I think the platform of the NBA, where I think at that time we’re gonna be the only ones on TV, I think we’re able to have more people in the room from other teams and receive other ideas, and figure out how we can change the world.”