Analyst Says, Along with Safety, Social Justice Issues Will Be a Big Part of the NBA’s Restart
Prominent Sports Journalist Brand ‘Scoop B’ Discusses Challenges of 2019-2020 Season Return
NEW YORK – With the NBA season set to resume July 30, multi-talented media personality, sports analyst and renowned podcast host, Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson is discussing the restart plan and safety protocols to be implemented at a single-site campus at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. Following the four-month hiatus, last month the league’s Board of Governors approved a competitive format for the comeback of the 2019-2020 season with 22 teams returning to play in “the bubble.”
“There are some guys who are concerned about their health and some guys who want to just play,” said Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson. “There are other guys, like Kyrie Irving, who have previously suggested boycotting this season to bring awareness to police brutality and racial injustice. It’s a mixed bag of feelings.”
Robinson’s commentary follows news of a recently released finalized comprehensive restart plan, including health and safety protocols to prevent and mitigate the risk related to COVID-19 along with the goal of taking collective action to combat systemic racism and promote social justice, which will be prominent this season.
As the result of an agreement between the NBA and National Basketball Players' Association, players participating in the upcoming season restart in Orlando can opt to replace the last name on the back of their jerseys with certain statements pertaining to social justice, like Black Lives Matter and I Can’t Breathe.
‘Scoop B’ is looking forward to what he hopes is a sustainable NBA season. Most of the 22 teams will play 72 or 73 games after eight "seeding games" are added to their regular-season game total. The Dallas Mavericks will have played the most total games (75) and the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers will have played the least (71).The venues for all games will be inside the Arena, Field House and Visa Athletic Center.
Brandon ‘B Scoop’ Robinson has more than 20 years of sports and entertainment experience, beginning at the age of 12 as the host of “Nets Slammin’ Planet” with the then-New Jersey Nets. Since then, Robinson has appeared on CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX and MSG networks. He also hosts the Scoop B Radio podcast, which garnered 2.1 million streams in 2019 and featured the likes of Mark Cuban, Shaquille O’Neal and DJ Khaled.