On Tuesday, Texas governor Gregg Abbott announced that he is completely opening up his state and ceasing the statewide mask mandate.
The polarizing decision was met with denunciation from the NBA world.
— Josh Hart (@joshhart) March 2, 2021
This is sad!!! Smh!!! https://t.co/hV9yoaKsc8
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) March 2, 2021
Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, who was born in Texas, was not thrilled with the governor’s decision to open up the state.
In addition, former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins blasted Abbott on his bold announcement. Perkins, who resides in Texas, saw his house get pummeled during the recent winter storms.
Keep Wearing Your Masks!!!
Buddy Trippin https://t.co/zlmVPB9dWn
— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) March 2, 2021
Naw Texas, don't go for that. Protect yourself and others. Mask up!!
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) March 2, 2021
Just when I thought you couldn’t get any worse!!! https://t.co/EWfvjZbk4l
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) March 2, 2021
Of course, the NBA is getting ravaged by coronavirus and healthy and safety protocols.
The league has had to postpone numerous games while players have missed dozens of contests. The stringent protocols have angered multiple players.
Surely, teams are unable to get into a rhythm with the constant twists and turns of the system.
The San Antonio Spurs, one of three NBA teams in Texas, recently announced that they would be allowing fans back into their arena. The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks have already been hosting fans.