Bill Russell – Pioneer Of NBA Player Empowerment

Today’s #FridayFlashback takes a look at the rise of player empowerment in the NBA. Kawhi Leonard orchestrated perhaps the biggest power play by a player in NBA history during the 2019 free agency season. It may have sparked a new era in the way athletes deal with franchises. ESPN’s Rachel Nichols takes a look back on Celtics legend Bill Russell — who was honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2019 ESPYS — helped give to NBA players such as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard. #TheJump

Rachel Nichols, Nick Friedell and Tim MacMahon have a discussion about the new generation of players and how they have increased player empowerment through the likes of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and more — and how owners will respond.