Jonathan Isaac was drafted 6th overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic and was set to be one of the next great defenders in this league. Standing at 6-foot-11 with a 7-foot-1 wingspan, Isaac was going to be Orlando’s modern replacement of Dwight Howard.
He’s played 108 games out of a possible 246 in his three years with the Magic as he’s been riddled with injuries including a knee sprain suffered on January 1st this year that had him in and out of the lineup as Orlando has clung onto the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Isaac entered the bubble healthy after 4 months off and was ready to ball. He dropped 16 points in 16 minutes against the Brooklyn Nets with 6 rebounds and a block on 6-for-7 shooting and 2-for-2 from behind the arc.
Oh, he also stood up for the National Anthem before the game while his entire team knelt.
I have to write the bullshit unnecessary trigger warning that yes, we all have the freedom to have different beliefs and blah blah.
Personally, I probably wouldn’t kneel either but that’s because I think the meaning of this ‘protest’ has been drained from the act of kneeling and now it is sort of just performative theatrics void of real substantive actions and this does not progress the movement but actually keeps in frozen and stagnant and turns it into a marketable brand.
And if Jonathan Isaac explained that he didn’t want to follow a trend and that he didn’t want to just be another black body that is participating in a now commercialized display of faux defiance, I would’ve totally understood and agreed. It’s odd to separate yourself from all of your teammates who are kneeling in solidarity for black people but there’s room to debate whether or not this action is still effective at this point in time.
That’s not what Jonathan Isaac said…
“For me Black lives are supported through the gospel. All lives are supported through the gospel. We all have things that we do wrong and sometimes it gets to a place that we’re pointing fingers at who’s wrong is worst. Or who’s wrong is seen, so I feel like the Bible tells us that we all fall short of God’s glory. That will help bring us closer together and get past skin color. And get past anything that’s on the surface and doesn’t really get into the hearts or men and women.”
We all have religious freedom. Cool. This is corny. I don’t think he is a bad person. He’s simply dumb and clearly haangs around and listens to fellow dumb people.
That was a really odd explanation for standing. God and the bible. Got it. It’s the classic white republican ‘all lives matter’ nonsense when what they really mean is ‘this isn’t an issue that is effecting my life therefore, I do not want to see or hear about it’.
Isaac doesn’t want to raise black people up, he doesn’t even want to talk about skin color. We are all god’s children. Dope.
Buuuuut Isaac is also standing for the National Anthem.
So you don’t see color and everything but man, you love America in spite of the senseless brutal destruction of thousands upon thousands in the Middle East and their destabilization of Latin America. So all of god’s creatures are equals. Unless they’re not in America or they resist arrest in which LETS GOOO TROOOOPS AND COPSSS KILL EVERYONE.
Do you understand the hypocrisy? Now, if he stayed on the bench during the National Anthem or in the locker room or explained that he only stood because he didn’t want to be disrespectful to anyone sure, whatever. But he said he stood because God.
[Narrator voice] Two. Days. Later…
Isaac was having a breakout season prior to left knee injury on Jan. 1 — a legitimate all-NBA defensive team candidate. He elevates a tough-minded and reslient Magic team. August timing and rehab length threatens his return for 2020-'21 season. Just brutal for him and franchise. https://t.co/1T6aZCZeRG
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2020
Dammnit. If only there was some sort of action he could’ve done before the game that would’ve loosened his knee up a bit.
SEEEEEEE YAAAA BITCH.
We are no longer playing these reindeer games. You’re either against racism or you are allowing it to continue existing. We can’t be color blind anymore. Drastic changes need to be made and if you’re going to have horse blinders on and act as if everything is fine then you don’t deserve two healthy knees. I don’t make the rules. God did this.
sidenote: there’s going to be a lot of ‘you can’t make fun of people’s injuries’ comments. Shut up. Herman Cain smiled ear to ear at Donald Trump’s Coronavirus rally and died a month later from it. I laughed all day. In this house we do not show kindness to people who are actively against movements that are advancing marginalized groups of people. Plus, it’s a torn ACL. He’ll be fine. Shut up.