June 05, 2020 at 06:50 pm
With the National Basketball Association set to restart its season, Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams is upbeat that his team will be a bright spot in the way they play the game.
Williams shared his thoughts online as nationwide protests spread in the US, sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd recently.
“I am hopeful that if we do get a chance to play, we become a bright spot for our world. It's not just for the country, it's for the world in general,” said Williams in an audio interview of an online presser shared by NBA Philippines.
The Suns will among the 22 teams that will be returning to play, with a tentative start date of July 31.
The Suns' mentor said the experience of watching their game “should be something to grab hold of, authentic and comes from a good place."
“At the same time, I’m hopeful that sport doesn’t deflect from the things that we want to pay attention to,” said Williams.
The NBA postponed many of its games last March as the United States fought to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“As much as we want to give back in playing basketball, football, baseball, there's still a lot of issues that are in our social structure,” said Williams.
The Suns are among the squads that will play eight games to determine final seedings before the league starts its playoffs.