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LeBron talks more than basketball as Lakers return to practice court

first_img“It’s great that now a lot of people’s ears are opening, a lot of people are understanding, a lot of people are recognizing,” he said. “A lot of people still don’t get it and a lot of people are afraid to talk about it, but the racism that goes on in America, especially for my people, people of color, is still here.“This has been my mission. You see that in my community, with my school, with what I’ve been doing for years in my hometown (Akron, Ohio), and any place I go I try to give back that knowledge. But the good thing now is more people are listening to what’s going on, so that’s definitely a plus.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I’m here 100 percent, in great health, and I’m looking forward to getting back on the floor.”With all that’s happened since the NBA suspended play March 11 because of the pandemic, especially the death of George Floyd and the protests that followed, James said he has no doubts about returning to the court to play and to try to help the Lakers win the NBA title.James acknowledged the difficulty of saying goodbye to his family before joining his teammates for their flight to Orlando, where the Lakers could be based for the next several months. But it was time to get back to work to continue his twin journeys.“It never crossed my mind that we did not need to play this beautiful game of basketball that brings so many people together, that brings happiness, that brings joy to the households, to so many families,” he said. “This is about sports. I’m happy to be a part of one of the biggest sports in the world, and I’m happy to have a platform where not only will people gain joy with the way I play the game, the way our team plays the game, but what I’m able to do off the floor as well.“So, being able to use my platform, the NBA’s platform, to continue to talk about what’s going on, I would not stop until I see real change for us as Black America, for African-Americans, for people of color, and also believe I can do both. I can bring happiness to a lot of homes with the way I play the game, with the way the Lakers play the game, and I will continue to push the envelope to continue to keep my foot on the gas to create real change for us as people of color in America.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions LeBron James emerged Saturday from NBA-mandated quarantine at the league’s coronavirus bubble headquarters in Orlando, Florida, dropped into a chair in front of a camera and began to speak about the two great passions in his life: basketball and social equality.His first practice with the Lakers in four months was minutes away, but first he spoke with beat reporters for the first time since April, addressing a number of issues during an 11 1/2-minute Zoom call.Yes, he said he was ready to restart the season. No, he didn’t feel unsafe in the bubble.“I believe the NBA and (commissioner) Adam Silver and anybody who had anything to do with this, they took all precautionary measures to make sure we, as a league, are as safe as we can be,” he said. “In anything you do, there can be things that happen. But we will cross that line if it happens. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed center_img James wore a black Nike cap with the words “I am more than an athlete” inscribed on it, and he wasn’t content to simply stick to sports. He has been a “lion” in the Lakers’ locker room, as coach Frank Vogel phrased it, but also willing to speak out on social justice when needed from time to time.Saturday, with so much to talk about, was another of those times.James said he wouldn’t wear a special message on the back of his jersey when the games resume later this month. He didn’t like any of the choices the NBA offered its players. Teammate JaVale McGee said he would wear the words “Respect us” on the back of his jersey rather than his last name.“No disrespect to the list was handed out to all the players,” James said of declining to alter his jersey. “I commend anyone who decides to put anything on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t really seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”James then made it clear his mission in Orlando wasn’t strictly about basketball, although winning the franchise’s league record-tying 17th championship definitely was on his mind, too.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more