Several players tuned in to watch the front runners to become the next US president debate over issues concerning the nation. A lot also hoped to hear a concrete platform and strong stance from both candidates, which would have certainly helped as they think about who to vote.
However, the debate didn’t help at all, and some NBA stars couldn’t help but criticize the two — particularly Trump who was never popular in the league to begin with.
Stand back and stand by??????????? No further questions your honor! #vote
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) September 30, 2020
Other NBA All-Stars like DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Love also sent potshots at Trump, who they felt was quite disrespectful during the entire debate for trying to control the conversations.
Dude up there calling names 😂
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) September 30, 2020
I love this strategy of talking loud over Biden and Chris Wallace the entire time.
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) September 30, 2020
Some NBA guys like DeAndre Jordan, Rudy Gobert, and Michael Carter-Williams injected a bit of humor into their comments.
This shit sounds like my brothers and me debating over who got to sit in the front seat when we were kids.
— DeAndre Jordan 🐺 (@DeAndre) September 30, 2020
I feel like I’m watching tiger king during this debate 🤣🤣😂🤣🤣
— Michael Carter-Willi (@mcarterwilliams) September 30, 2020
I’m convinced that we live in a big simulation.
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) September 30, 2020
Even the young guns chimed in, criticizing what was supposed to be a diplomatic debate turned into a mess.
Trump can’t be this childish at 74 years old
— Anfernee Simons (@AnferneeSimons) September 30, 2020
This debate is out of control!! Why have a moderator when he can’t even control it!
— Georges Niang (@GeorgesNiang20) September 30, 2020
One-time NBA champ Kyle Lowry, meanwhile, didn’t side with either Trump or Biden. Instead, he chose to give his support to debate moderator Chris Wallace, who had the unenviable job of regulating the two candidates.
Someone send Chris Wallace as many bottles of wine he can drink ( if he drinks ) after this one!! Put it on my tab!! Thank you Chris for being an adult!!
— Kyle Lowry (@Klow7) September 30, 2020
Unsurprisingly, ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins also gave his hot take, blasting Trump for his remarks — particularly when he said he brought back football to the US.
I’ve been really considering moving my family to New Zealand and listening to Trump day he brought Football back doing a Presidential Debate…I think I’m about to start packing!!! Jesus Christ. Carry on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) September 30, 2020
But while some were hysteric with their comments, some guys chose to take a more sober route and just reminded people what’s important. Among those who took the lead in this aspect is Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who had a simple message.
PLEASE VOTE!!!!!🗳 @morethanavote
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 30, 2020
PLEASE VOTE PLEASE VOTE PLEASE VOTE!!!
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) September 30, 2020
All jokes aside, we all have to go out and vote!!!!!! Please register and go vote!
— Eric Paschall (@epaschall) September 30, 2020
Everybody, please, GO VOTE!!!!
— Tyus Jones (@1Tyus) September 30, 2020
The NBA has consistently stressed the importance of voting, making it a central focus of the league’s social awareness campaigns in this year’s postseason. Players wore pre-game t-shirts with a huge “VOTE” printed on it while also urging the youth to register.