The NBA got fans excited by announcing a plan to finish the 2019-20 season. Games were set to be resumed at the end of July, and the NBA Finals would conclude in October. Simple enough.
Then came reports that Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was leading a contingent of players who are questioning whether they should agree to the NBA's return plan in Orlando. This immediately raised questions about whether all players would fall in line behind Irving's newfound opposition.
But LeBron James is among those who led the charge in returning to play. And Clippers defensive-minded guard Patrick Beverley knows exactly where the league's allegiance lies.
Patrick Beverley is taking a small shot at James with this tongue-in-cheek tweet about the power the King holds, but he isn't wrong. James holds a ton of sway, and the NBA is not going to make any major changes to its return-to-play plan if the Lakers star is ready to go, even if Irving's ideas are noble and are shared by others around the league.
James coming out and saying he doesn't want to play could put the league's return in danger. Yet he wants to lead the Lake Show to the promised land, and the NBA also has the leverage of opting out of the CBA if the players refused to return en masse. Beverley knows the power James possesses, and this quote is telling his fellow players to get ready to return to work.