As much as fans may be disappointed that the NBA has been suspended for the near future, the players have not forgotten the stadium workers who help them night in and night out. Last night, Kevin Love made headlines by announcing that he would donate $100,000 to help the Cavaliers arena workers who will not be getting paid during the hiatus. It was a move that was soon mirrored across the league.
The MVP Follows Suit
Milwaukee Bucks superstar, and reigning NBA MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, announced that he, too, will donate $100,000 to support the staff of Fiserv Forum. The Bucks organization took it one step further, announcing that the team would match any player donations to part-time workers. For families that suddenly were left wondering how they would make ends meet, there is now relief.
A Rising Star Steps Forward
New Orleans Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson, perhaps, has made the most generous of announcements: he will be covering ALL salaries of the stadium workers in New Orleans for 30 days. Keep in mind, Zion is only 19 years old. This act of generosity shows just how mature and deserving he is of what he has worked so hard to earn.
The NBA has confirmed that the season has been suspended for 30 days. For part-time or seasonal employees who are paid by the hour, this was a devastating financial crisis. The NBA certainly cannot be faulted for suspending play, especially as school districts around the country are calling off. However, for many people, this left questions about how bills would be paid.
Giannis, Love, and Zion have set a precedent that will hopefully be met across the league. Oftentimes, players are viewed as self-serving elites who care only for themselves and winning. These players have shown that they recognize that there is more to the game than the players. The workers in these stadiums make the games possible. They sell concessions, souvenirs, and clean up the messes left by fans. In addition, they take and sell tickets, show people to their seats, and make sure fans are safe. They are forgotten and overlooked most of time, and they certainly are underappreciated. Let us give major props to these NBA stars who keep on reminding us of what is really important.
Gentlemen, Thank you.
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