Irving declined to answer game-related questions Saturday after Brooklyn’s 105-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls and made multiple references to the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine. “I’m not going to lie to you guys, a lot of stuff is going on in this world, and basketball is just not the most important thing to me right now,” Irving said. “There’s a lot of things going on overseas. All our people are still in bondage across the world, and there’s a lot of dehumanization going on.
“So I apologize if I’m not going to be focused on y’all’s questions. It’s just too much going on in the world for me to just be talking about basketball. I focus on this most of the time, 24/7, but it’s just too much going on in this world not to address. It’s just sad to see this s— going on. It’s not just in Palestine, not just in Israel. It’s all over the world, and I feel it. I’m very compassionate to it — to all races, all cultures and to see it, to see a lot of people being discriminated against, based on their religion, color of their skin, what they believe in. It’s just sad.” Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 33 people Sunday, medics said, making it the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and the territory’s militant Hamas rulers nearly a week ago.
“I don’t care which way you stand on — either side,” Irving said. “If you’re a human being, then you support the anti-war effort. There’s a lot of people losing their lives — children, a lot of babies, and that’s just what I’m focused on. “So if you guys want to ask me questions about the game, I really don’t care about it except for everyone leaving the game healthy and being able to go home to their families.”
The Washington Wizards are expanding their footprint in Israel by launching a team website in Hebrew and the NBA’s first Israeli Instagram account. Prior to the start of the 2020-21 season, the Wizards were the first NBA team to launch an Israeli Twitter account. These platforms will provide exclusive content featuring Wizards forward Deni Avdija and the entire Wizards team to fans in Israel.
Dragan Bender will stay in Tel Aviv at least until the end of the 2020-21 season, as Maccabi Playtica Tel Aviv has officially announced. Bender was signed initially with a short-term deal which included an extension option.