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LeBron James leads Los Angeles Lakers to first NBA Finals in 10 years – ESPN

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — LeBron James is going to a 10th NBA Finals — and for the first time in a decade, so are the Los Angeles Lakers.

James punctuated his 27th postseason triple-double with a big fourth quarter, powering the Lakers to a 117-107 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals in five games.

James finished with 38 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to become the fourth player to reach 10 NBA Finals. It took him two seasons to make it with the Lakers, after falling short of the playoffs in an injury-plagued first season following eight consecutive trips with Miami and Cleveland.

“My teammates said bring us home and it was my responsibility to try to make the right plays and do the right things on the floor to help us win ballgames,” James said during a trophy presentation in a mostly empty arena at Walt Disney World Resort, instead of in front of the Lakers’ fans at Staples Center.

The Lakers will face either Miami or Boston — which meet Sunday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals with the Heat up 3-2 — in their 32nd NBA Finals appearance, most in league history. They haven’t played for the title since beating the Celtics in 2010 for the most recent of their 16 titles.

Forward Anthony Davis added 27 points and will end his first season with Los Angeles by playing in his first NBA Finals.

“Feels good,” Davis said. “It’s good to get something like this accomplished with this group of guys. We battled through a lot this year, starting with the beginning of the season. We know the job’s not done. It’s a great feeling, but we got four more to win for the ultimate goal. While we enjoy this, we still got work to do.”

Center Nikola Jokic and forward Jerami Grant each scored 20 points for the Nuggets, who had fought off elimination six times in these playoffs before the Lakers finally put them away. Jamal Murray added 19 points and eight assists, but the star guard struggled with some leg or foot pain and lacked his usual explosiveness.

The Nuggets had come back from 3-1 down in the first two rounds before finally being ousted a month after they would have departed the bubble had they lost the first time they faced elimination, in Game 5 against Utah on Aug. 25.

Denver fell far behind one more time, but James wouldn’t allow another comeback.

The lead was up to 72-56 four minutes into the third with Murray hobbling, but the Nuggets — who were down 15 in the third quarter of Game 5 against Utah and 16 at the same point of Game 5 against the Clippers — put together a comeback fueled largely by Grant. They came all the way back to tie it at 84 on Murray’s free throws, before Davis made a 3-pointer with a second to go in the frame.

James made consecutive baskets while getting fouled early in the fourth, pushing a two-point lead to 95-88. When Denver made one last push to cut it to four, James set up Danny Green for a 3-pointer for his 10th assist, then made a jumper himself to extend it to 108-99.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Does LeBron James Really Have a Gripe with NBA MVP Voters? – Bleacher Report

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James smiles as he stands on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday, March 3, 2src2src, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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Giannis Antetokounmpo was announced Friday as the NBA‘s MVP for the second season in a row, and LeBron James has thoughts.

“It pissed me off,” James told reporters in his virtual media availability after the Los Angeles Lakers‘ series-opening blowout win over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. “You know, not saying that the winner wasn’t deserving of the MVP. But that pissed me off. And I finished second a lot in my career, either from a championship, and now four times as an MVP.”

Out of the 101 media members who cast ballots for the NBA’s end-of-season awards (of which this writer is not one), 85 put Antetokounmpo in first place; the other 16 had James No. 1. This wasn’t a surprise to anyone, as they were the clear-cut top two candidates all season.

“I’m not going to sit up here and talk about what the criteria should be or what it is,” James said. “It’s changed over the years since I’ve gotten into the league,” he said. “Sometimes it’s the best player on the best team. Sometimes it’s the guy with the best season statistically. Sometimes … I mean, you don’t know. You don’t know. But you know, Giannis had a hell of a season; I can definitely say that.”

Straight after his press conference, James headed for his phone and fired off a tweet saying essentially the same thing, because brand synergy has always been one of his strengths.

LeBron James @KingJames

🤣🤣16 out of 101 🗳! Ok cool! I got y’all.

Let’s stipulate a few things.

First: The right player won the 2019-20 MVP award. Whether it’s team record or individual statistical performances, Antetokounmpo’s case is unassailable. PER is an imperfect stat, but he had the highest single-season mark in league history at 31.86 while averaging 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game and playing Defensive Player of the Year-worthy defense (an award he also won) on a Milwaukee Bucks team that finished with the NBA’s best record. 

The optics are weird that Antetokounmpo accepted the award on vacation in Athens while James’ team is playing in the Western Conference Finals. It’s not the first time that’s happened. The Dallas Mavericks‘ first-round loss as a No. 1 seed in 2007 didn’t mean Dirk Nowitzki deserved that MVP trophy any less. It’s a regular-season award, and for the second year in a row, Antetokounmpo had the best regular season.

Second: For as much as James likes to complain about the award being decided by media narratives, that’s how he got the number of votes he did. The fact that he was even in the conversation—at age 35 in his 17th season, while leading the league in assists on the best team in the West—was partially because his team is the Los Angeles Lakers, by far the league’s most covered, popular franchise.

Some LeBron voters have said as much.

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Third: James is absolutely right that the criteria for the award are inconsistent and change from year to year. The phrase “Most Valuable Player” is intentionally ambiguous and open to interpretation by voters.

For some, it’s the best player on the best team. For others, it’s the most statistically dominant or simply the player they feel defined the season from a story standpoint. There’s no right or wrong way to vote; the field is just more clear-cut in some years.

Know this, though: There’s a science behind what James said Friday. He’s known for months that he wasn’t going to win this MVP award. He’s not as mad about it as much as he’s acting. He’s got four MVP awards, the third-most all-time. (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won it six times, Michael Jordan and Bill Russell won it five times, Wilt Chamberlain is the only other player besides James to win it four times.) He’s already in historic company in that regard. Nobody’s going to view his career differently if he retires with “only” four of them.

But James is playing the long game. By agitating for it now, he’s planting the seeds to win MVP next season, whenever next season takes place. He already has some high-profile media support, and if the Lakers win this year’s title (a good possibility), he’ll go into next season with a head start on the “narrative” angle he hates so much when it goes against him. He’ll have four rings, and probably Finals MVPs on three different teams (which has never been done before). If he has a statistical season in 2020-21 that’s even close to the one he just had, and the Lakers are in the title mix, he’ll be the voting favorite.

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The MVP award is based on regular-season performance, but postseason success absolutely factors into voting when a previous winner comes up short. James Harden was the deserving choice in 2017-18, but voters have cooled on him in years since despite comparable statistics. Multiple disappointing playoff performances will do that. He’s not going to win another one until the Rockets break through and win the title, or at least make the Finals.

And you can bet Antetokounmpo won’t be a three-time MVP until he gets a ring. Losing in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals when the Bucks hadn’t made it past the first round since 2001 doesn’t change the perception; losing as badly as they did to the Miami Heat in the second round this year does.

If James goes into next season as a four-time champion, it will be easy to latch on to the notion that he’s on a “revenge tour” for the MVP he feels he should have won. Add that he’ll be 36, with an ever-closing window to win his fifth MVP trophy, and there will be even more support to give him one to make up for others he was robbed of earlier in his career.

No one that old will have ever won an MVP (Karl Malone won it at 35 in 1999; Jordan was 34 in 1998). No one will have ever gone 12 years between his first and last trophy (James’ first was in 2009). 

By winning it next year, James would make a kind of history that is entirely his own. Being the oldest MVP in league history would cement the “longevity” angle in his case for the greatest player of all time. James is as savvy as any NBA superstar has ever been—he knows this. Nothing he does is by accident.

In lamenting the loss of the 2020 MVP award for narrative reasons, James is getting a jump on setting up that same narrative to work in his favor next year.

Sean Highkin covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon and lives in Portland. His work has been honored by the Pro Basketball Writers’ Association. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and in the B/R App.

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A moment alone with LeBron James, on why he was ready to quit: ‘I had major reservations about playing’ – The Athletic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — At the end of the day Wednesday, in LeBron James’ mind, his season was over. Forget the playoffs. Forget chasing title No. 4 in Year 17. Forget the bubble.

“When I went to bed, I had major reservations about playing,” LeBron told The Athletic. “It wasn’t what they (the Milwaukee Bucks) said; we heard what they said. It was, What the fuck are we going to do now? Are we just going to go back out there and play again, after all of this, with no plan? Nah. What was the plan?

“I woke up Thursday morning and I came up with a plan,” he said.

All of the previous reports, from The Athletic and other outlets, about the goings-on of that fateful Wednesday for the NBA, when the Bucks’ refusal to play led to the postponement of three playoff games that day, and then the Lakers and Clippers signaled at a contentious three-hour meeting they were ready to walk out on the rest of the season, and…

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LeBron James reclaims his throne, Thunder beat Rockets at their own game and other NBA playoff takeaways – CBS Sports

With Monday’s slate now in the books, the NBA’s four-games-per-day marathon is officially over. The Miami Heat completed their sweep of the Indiana Pacers, and the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors both did their jobs on Sunday as the playoff field begins to whittle itself down to just the contenders. 

In that sense, most of Monday’s games served as previews, a chance to evaluate the best teams before their games truly start to count. So what did we learn from the eighth day of the NBA playoffs? Here’s everything you need to know about Monday’s games. 

Monday’s Game 4 results

1. Long live the King

Remember when LeBron James singlehandedly beat the entire Eastern Conference in the 2018 playoffs? Well, take a gander at these numbers:

2018 Playoffs LeBron

Games 3-4 LeBron

Points per game

34

34

Assists per game

9

9

Rebounds per game

9.1

9

Minutes per game

41.9

31

Field goal percentage

53.9

70

3-Point percentage

34.2

61.5

The #WashedKing narrative was always contrived. Nobody honestly believed that something as common as a groin injury in a lost season had truly felled LeBron for good. But James averaged an inefficient 22 points during the seeding games. He then tallied only 33 in total during the first two games of the Portland series. The notion that James had dropped from the lofty heights of “Greatest Player on Earth” down to the status of a rank-and-file top-10 or top-15 player was not totally farfetched. For all that LeBron was still doing on the court, it’s enormously difficult to lead a team to a championship without scoring. 

And there are still qualifiers to consider here. The Blazers have one of the worst defenses in playoff history, lacking anyone even properly sized for the task of guarding LeBron, and injuries have so decimated them that, despite their Game 1 win, they never really had a chance in this series anyway. 

But if the past two games have proven anything, it’s this: the boogeyman is still hiding under every contender’s bed, ready to strike the moment they let their guard down. He’s a little older, a little slower and a little greyer. But even at 35, no player in basketball should inspire greater fear over a seven-game series than LeBron. If he can do what he’s done against Portland four times out of seven against everyone else, the Lakers are going to win the championship. 

2. The Thunder are beating the Rockets at their own game

The trouble with showing your cards as blatantly as Houston has is that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. By trading for Robert Covington at the trade deadline, the Rockets submitted their thesis statement to the entire basketball world for consideration. Big men don’t matter. Rebounds don’t matter. The only things that matter are 3-pointers and free throws, and the best way to get them is to surround one or two stars with a never-ending supply of shooters. 

Circumstance forced Oklahoma City’s hand in Game 3. Steven Adams left the game early with an injury, so in order to combat Houston’s (lack of) size, the Thunder tried a gambit they’ve avoided all season. Their three-point guard lineups have decimated opponents all year, but they never pushed those groups any further by removing a center. In overtime of Game 3, they had no choice. They ran with Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Dennis Schroder, Lu Dort and Danilo Gallinari. They proceeded to outscore Houston by 11. 

Billy Donovan kept it in reserve until the final moments of Game 4, but trailing by one with around four minutes to go, he played his trump card. That same fivesome outscored Houston by five if you exclude a meaningless Danuel House buzzer-beater when the outcome had already been decided. 

Houston has problems of its own to contend with. James Harden is clearly struggling with the ball-handling burden Russell Westbrook’s absence has thrust upon him. The Rockets’ shooting comes and goes. But a less-than-optimized Thunder team allowed them to win the first two games with relative ease. But now the kid gloves are off. Oklahoma City can match Houston stylistically, and while its small-ball produces different shots (Chris Paul has never seen cleaner mid-range looks), the Thunder has proven capable of matching the Rockets shot for shot. Now it’s up to Mike D’Antoni to come up with a response, but with no playable big men on their roster, this won’t be as simple as tweaking the lineup. 

3. Don’t take Giannis for granted

Look, humans are simple creatures. We like things that are shiny and new and we like the classics, but we ignore everything in between. Luka Doncic has been the most exciting player in the postseason, and fans are already anointing him the new face of the league. LeBron James’ revival has been the most exciting overall storyline, and nothing could generate a more entertaining postseason than the King reclaiming his throne. Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokounmpo is laying waste to the poor Orlando Magic, and nobody seems to have noticed. 

Some of the game-to-game excitement is leading people to forget this, but 31-16-7 averages in a playoff series are not normal, even against an opponent as depleted as the Magic. Amazingly, the basketball world seems to have forgotten about the 25-year-old mutant who is about to win his second MVP and first Defensive Player of the Year award. 

The next two rounds will be an important refresher. The viewing public pressed the panic button on Milwaukee after its Game 1 loss to Orlando and seems to have stopped watching from there. That’s fair to an extent. The Bucks have dominated the Magic since, and boring greatness is still boring. But don’t be surprised when the real games start and the MVP reminds you that he has the trophy for a reason. Luka can have the first-round headlines. Giannis is playing for the last round. 

4. The Heat have everything

The Pacers got swept in the first round, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they played badly. Their four healthy starters gave them over 75 points per game, so it wasn’t a star-power problem. They exceeded their regular-season averages in both 3-point percentages and attempts, so it wasn’t bad shooting luck either. Allowing 112.7 points per 100 possessions isn’t great, but shooting luck is the biggest culprit there. The Heat made 47.2 percent of their open 3-pointers, per NBA.com. That’s nearly a 10 percentage point boost over their regular-season average. All in all, the Pacers played the caliber of basketball they expected to, that they needed to in order to win. And they still lost. 

The difference? Miami’s unrivaled versatility. The Heat aren’t top-heavy, and the majority of their role players struggle on one side of the ball. But when you have several high-end 3-point shooters (Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, Kelly Olynyk), ball-handlers (Herro, Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butler, Kendrick Nunn, even Bam Adebayo) and switchable defenders (Butler, Adebayo, Jae Crowder, Andre Iguodala, Derrick Jones), you essentially have the ability to mix-and-match to your heart’s content and combat any possible tactical decision an opponent makes. 

They closed Game 3 with a defense-first, veteran-laden group. Erik Spoelstra wasn’t ready to lean on the kids quite yet. But who lifted Miami in Game 4? Herro, a rookie. They got six points out of Butler, their max-contract superstar, and still beat the Pacers by double digits on Monday. They aren’t a perfect team, but they’re an annoying one. A lot of playoff basketball revolves around exploiting mismatches, but even on the few occasions when they exist, the players are so good on the other end that they can make more of the situation there. 

The Bucks are going to be strong favorites in their second-round series, but Miami’s depth is going to give them fits. Milwaukee’s defense is designed to take away shots at the rim and corner 3-pointers. They beg opponents to take above-the-break 3-pointers. Almost everyone in the Miami rotation can make them. The Heat had the league’s best 3-point percentage this season, and between Adebayo, Butler, Crowder, Jones and Iguodala, have as many bodies to throw at Giannis as anyone. This wasn’t a fluke. It wasn’t the result of Indiana injuries. The Heat were just better, and there’s a reasonable chance they’ll be better than the Bucks next round as well. 

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LeBron James’ ‘Decision’ reimagined: What if LBJ chose to be King of New York and signed with Knicks in 2010? – CBS Sports

In honor of the 10th anniversary of “The Decision,” CBS Sports is reexamining LeBron James‘ 2010 decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat by wondering what might have happened had James signed elsewhere. In today’s edition, James fulfills the prophecy that followed him for the first seven years of his career and signs with the New York Knicks.

The Rationale

The Knicks give James two things no other team can. The first is a unique legacy. Championships anywhere are special, but championships in New York are something greater entirely. The idea of being the player that revives the Knicks appeals to LeBron, but so too do the financial advantages of playing in the Big Apple. Already the NBA’s most prolific marketer, moving to New York would have put James in the Michael Jordan tier of athletic advertisers and helped him toward his dream of one day owning an NBA team. With two max cap slots, a top coach and a highly regarded GM, the basketball situation was pretty promising too. 

The (geographically incorrect) quote

“I’m taking my talents to Broadway and joining the New York Knicks.”

How does the next decade of NBA history change? 

LeBron’s first order of business is securing a running mate. Almost immediately after “The Decision,” Dwyane Wade announces that he will be joining James with the Knicks. The ripple effect of that decision changes virtually every major move of 2010 free agency. Chris Bosh signs with the only option left on the board that gives him a chance to compete against the Knicks, the Derrick Rose-led Chicago Bulls. With Chicago’s power forward slot filled, Carlos Boozer remains with the Utah Jazz. The then-New Jersey Nets eagerly scoop up Amar’e Stoudemire, who, in this scenario, the Knicks choose not to pursue because of the hints LeBron and Wade dropped about their interest in teaming up. 

But in the days following “The Decision,” the best potential free agent of the 2011 class also takes his name out of consideration. Carmelo Anthony informs the Denver Nuggets that he would like to be traded to the Knicks alongside James and Wade, and that he will depart in free agency if his wish is not granted. James Dolan is so happy with team president Donnie Walsh’s free agency coup that he does not interfere in negotiations with the Nuggets. A deal is completed before the start of training camp. The Knicks get Anthony. The Nuggets get Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and the expiring contract of Eddy Curry. In this scenario, the Knicks keep Timofey Mozgov, who slots in as their starting center. As talented as this Knicks team would have been at the top, its depth would have been sparse

While that would prove problematic in the postseason, the regular season goes exactly as planned. James, playing in Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced system alongside two elite scorers, becomes the first player since Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double. That wins him the MVP award over Derrick Rose, who leads the Bulls to 64 wins alongside Bosh. The Knicks win their Eastern Conference finals showdown, but lose to the Dallas Mavericks as James, apparently struggling with the weight of becoming the NBA‘s preeminent villain, falls short in the NBA Finals. They rectify that a year later, winning the 2012 championship over the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games. As promised, LeBron becomes a New York legend. 

But the reign of King James doesn’t create a dynasty. The trio of James, Wade and Anthony, while preposterously talented, is fairly redundant. The simplest explanation for why would come in Game 6 of their 2013 NBA Finals series against the San Antonio Spurs. In reality, the second James-Wade championship boiled down to Chris Bosh getting the rebound that led to Ray Allen’s game-tying shot. Anthony is three inches shorter than Bosh, has a wingspan four inches shorter, and most pertinently, is not a center. In the same scenario for these Knicks, D’Antoni leaves a traditional center (Mozgov) on the floor, which allows Gregg Popovich to keep Tim Duncan in the game, and when LeBron misses the game-tying 3-pointer, Duncan comes down with the rebound to secure San Antonio’s championship. A year later, The Spurs defeat the Knicks again, giving Duncan six total championships, three of which have come over LeBron. 

From there, the LeBron journey largely follows the original script. With Wade declining, he writes his famous letter to Cleveland in Sports Illustrated and rejoins the Cavaliers. They quickly trade for Kevin Love. Two years later, James blocks Andre Iguodala, Kyrie Irving hits the game-winner, and the 52-year Cleveland drought ends with the first Cavaliers championship. Even though the James story is largely unchanged after 2014, Miami’s path changes drastically … and not necessarily for the worse. 

Losing out on James, Wade and Bosh forces the Heat into a rebuild. As impossible as that is to believe, remember that the Heat had only one player under contract when they actually signed their three stars, and that was Mario Chalmers. Short of making incredibly short-sighted moves, even Pat Riley couldn’t build an entire winning roster from scratch with most of the league’s best free agents already signed. So he tanks for two solid years. In Year 1, his Heat have the NBA’s worst record, resulting in the No. 4 overall pick. They use it on Tristan Thompson. Things get far more interesting in Year 2, as the Charlotte Bobcats post the worst record in NBA history, leaving the Heat to settle for the second-worst lottery odds. That gets them the No. 3 overall pick. The No. 3 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was Bradley Beal

The team that was most interested in Beal at the time didn’t even have a lottery pick to use on him. That would be the Thunder, who, in reality, offered James Harden to the Washington Wizards for him. The Wizards passed. Riley, the NBA’s foremost star hunter, would not have. the Heat get Harden. the Thunder get Beal. As tempting as it might be to suggest this would drastically change Oklahoma City’s fortunes, the truth is that it likely wouldn’t. Beal didn’t make his first All-Star team until after Kevin Durant left in real life, and Steven Adams actually posted better value stats than Beal in those early years, leading him in Win Shares and VORP during the 2015-16 season. Throw in Beal’s somewhat redundant role with two other elite scorers, and the Thunder still lose to Golden State in 2016. 

Miami’s fortunes change entirely with Harden, though. As much as he enjoys the South Beach nightlife, Riley’s maniacal approach to player fitness keeps him running at peak efficiency deep into the playoffs. It takes Riley several years to give Harden a worthy supporting cast, but when he pairs him with Chris Paul for the 2017-18 season, Miami makes it back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2006. There, they upset the Warriors with Durant and Stephen Curry, thanks to improved all-around play from Harden, which in turn lowers Paul’s load and prevents him from getting injured as he did in Houston’s 2018 upset bid against the Warriors. Erik Spoelstra’s more holistic approach to offense prevents an 0-for-27 stretch on 3-pointers, and Miami stuns Golden State in seven games. That title cements Harden as the greatest player in Heat history. 

Durant’s relationship with the Warriors is renewed by his desire to avenge the Miami loss. He still gets hurt in the 2019 playoffs, but re-signs with Golden State afterward. LeBron still lands with the Los Angeles Lakers and brings Anthony Davis with him. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George join the Los Angeles Clippers to challenge him. And Kyrie Irving signs with the Brooklyn Nets even without Durant. It goes predictably poorly. 

Was this outcome better than LeBron’s reality?

It’s hard to say at this point. To a normal player, one New York title is worth more than two Miami titles, and five consecutive MVP awards, as he would have won in this scenario, is unparalleled in league history. But LeBron is held to a different standard than most players. If the goal is to catch Michael Jordan, every championship counts. His GOAT claim in the eyes of most fans would be pretty flimsy with only two championships entering his Lakers tenure. However, his Lakers tenure is far from over. Winning multiple championships in purple and gold could get him close enough to Jordan in raw ring count that the circumstances of those rings would come into play. Saving the Knicks, ending Cleveland’s drought and pushing the Lakers past the Celtics in total championships is about as impressive as a resume can get. So for now, we’ll say TBD. Check back again when LeBron hangs up his Lakers jersey. 

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LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Curry among athletes speaking out after George Floyd’s death – CBS News

National Guard activated in Minneapolis after unrest

LeBron James, Colin Kaepernick and Stephen Curry are among several high-profile athletes speaking out after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after his arrest in Minneapolis.

James on Tuesday night shared a side-by-side image of the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck and Kaepernick kneeling on the sidelines during the national anthem. James, who is often vocal about issues facing African Americans, wrote: “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”

Floyd was a suspect in a forgery case. All four responding officers have now been fired from the force. But, Floyd’s family says they want the officers charged.

On Wednesday, James posted a 2014 photo of himself wearing a black and white “I can’t breathe” shirt. Those words were embraced by activists and public figures after the death of Eric Garner, a black man who said “I can’t breathe” as he was placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer.

Other sports figures, including Kaepernick, have spoken out after Floyd’s death. The free-agent quarterback shared a version of James’ split image on his Instagram Story that was tweeted by former NFL receiver Nathan Palmer.

Kaepernick on Thursday responded to protests in the city that turned violent for the second night in a row. “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance,” he tweeted. We have the right to fight back!”

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors expressed how Floyd’s death is a reminder of the “same reality we live in.”

“George has a family. George didn’t deserve to die,” Curry said on Instagram. “George pleaded for help and was just straight up ignored, which speaks loud and clear that his black life didn’t matter. George was murdered. George wasn’t human to that cop that slowly and purposefully took his life away.”

J.J. Watt of the Houston Texas called the video “disgusting” in an interview with a local television station. “I don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death,” Watt said.

VIDEO: @JJWatt on the death of #GeorgeFloyd

“I’ve seen the video and I think it’s disgusting…I don’t understand how that situation can’t be remedied in a way that doesn’t end in his death…” pic.twitter.com/jOGGYQFdcJ

— Ari Alexander (@KPRC2Ari) May 27, 2020

Protesters and police clashed  Tuesday night over the death of Floyd. While the initial protest was mostly peaceful, videos emerged of officers in riot gear throwing tear gas and demonstrators throwing rocks or other objects at authorities.

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LeBron James Is Always At The Right Place At The Right Time – Bleacher Report




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