Over the last few days, there have been massive changes around the world of sports. Much of which has been sparked by what has happened in the NBA. The sudden contraction of the coronavirus by Utah Jazz players’ Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell has sent the league into a full precautionary mode. That has seen them suspend the rest of the 2019-20 season indefinitely, which put an enormous damper over what lies ahead of the league. With that in mind, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has put forth a highly honorable act to help the staff at the team’s arena while the NBA season is suspended.
NBA suspends the 2019-2020 season
It has been a whirlwind of events for the NBA over the last couple of days. The growing concerning over the coronavirus in the United States pushed the league to contemplate the idea of closing games off to fans.
That entire thought process was thrown out the window on Wednesday night after it was determined that Gobert had contracted the virus. It saw the cancellation of the Jazz’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder along with the league deciding to suspend the 2019-20 season.
Things were ramped up another level with tests confirming that Mitchell also had the coronavirus. It led the league to act quickly also to implement a 30-day ban that includes all players remaining in the same market as their current team, staying home as long as possible, no group practices or workouts, and team physicians/trainers must talk to each player once a day.
All of that has led the Cavaliers star forward has decided to make a personal donation to help the workers at the Cavs’ arena.
Kevin Love’s honorable donation
Throughout the entire process, since being acquired by the Cavaliers, Love has had a strong commitment to the franchise. It has seen him ink a lucrative five-year, $125 million deal to remain with the organization, even through LeBron James’ second departure.
With the NBA deciding to suspend the league, it has put all the various workers at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse arena out of a job due to no games or events being held there. That has led to Love putting forth a gracious act of donating $100,000 to help those impacted by that decision by the league.
That is quite an honorable donation by Love, as he has shown a great deal of appreciation for those working in the arena. It will be a stressful time for the families affected both mentally and financially as they will be without a job.
It’s also a chance for Love’s generous act to be one that is repeated by many other players to help provide financial security to those in a similar position to those that worked at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse arena. Beyond that, it just speaks to the type of person he is by helping those impacted by this sudden change.
What others in the NBA have done so far
Love’s actions are honorable, which he joins a few other notable figures in the league to help those whose job security is impacted by the 2019-20 season being suspended.
Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban, who voiced on Wednesday that he will create a financial program to help those that will be without a job due to the American Airlines Center being shut down. That is a tremendous step forward that should help these families impacted by this decision not to go through such a troubling financial struggle during this stressful time.
There should be much more to come with either the league or the respective team governors to follow Cuban’s path to provide financial stability to these arena workers.