The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The lineup was full of storylines as Kyrie Irving was making his return to Cleveland, while the new tandem of Chris Paul and James Harden had a chance to take down the Warriors on ring night. On a day in which NFL players met with owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell concerning social issues and player protest, there was anticipation in the air that possible protests could take place in the NBA, which would set a tone for the season and take the conversation to another level. LeBron James had on shoes that said "EQUALITY" on the back. And three-fourths of the Brotherhood (James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Paul) who famously made a speech about athletes using their platforms to be vessels of social change to open the 2016 ESPYs, would all take the court. However, there wasn't a single knee on the ground or a fist raised on Tuesday night. The Cavs and Rockets did decide to lock arms during the national anthem, though.
NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level
New York Daily News | Oct 18