LeBron James encourages action: ‘Change doesn’t happen with just talk’

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    After the NBA players boycotted Wednesday’s playoff games, all parties have reported;y agreed to resume the playoffs on Friday, August 27.

    Of the many players involved in preliminary discussions surrounding what the NBA can do to bring real change regarding systemic racism and police brutality, Lakers superstar LeBron James has been one of the most vocal. 

    After news of the NBA’s return surfaced Thursday afternoon, James took to social media with another message.

    Change doesn’t happen with just talk!! It happens with action and needs to happen NOW! For my @IPROMISESchool kids, kids and communities across the country, it’s on US to make a difference. Together. That’s why your vote is @morethanavote ✊? #BlackLivesMatter

    « Change doesn’t happen with just talk!! It happens with action and needs to happen NOW! » James said. « For my @IPROMISESchool kids, kids and communities across the country, it’s on US to make a difference. Together. That’s why your vote is @morethanavote  #BlackLivesMatter »

    James tweet comes off the heels of a heated message yesterday in which he said « F— THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT. »

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    That message was heard loud and clear throughout the country Wednesday when the Bucks refused to play Game 5 of their first-round series with the Magic. The remaining two playoff games scheduled that night were postponed as players demanded change following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI. 

    Many questioned their thinking, whether their protest would make a difference or if it was worth potentially sacrificing the rest of the 2019-20 season to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice. As Wizards guard Troy Brown Jr. alluded to in an impactful tweet Thursday afternoon, the issue at hand is bigger than the game. 

    Brown isn’t the first Wizards player to take to social over these issues. John Wall offered a similar message shortly after it was learned that Game 5 of Bucks vs. Magic wasn’t going to be played, while Bradley Beal commended Kenny Smith for walking off the TNT set Wednesday night in support of the players. 

    The players have reportedly agreed to resume the playoffs as early as Friday, and while details of their or the league’s plan to combat racial inequality, there will be a reported meeting later Thursday with two players representing each team. 

    Since resuming the 2019-20 season in Orlando, players have worn social justice statements on the backs of their jerseys, knelt during the national anthem and played on a court that reads « Black Lives Matter » across the top of it. 

    However, as evidence of the players’ actions over the last 24 hours, more must be done. 

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    After reports on Wednesday night indicated the 2019-20 season was possible to be stopped indefinitely out of protest by the players, new developments Thursday suggest the playoffs will indeed continue sometime soon, but after another day of no games.

    That news comes from ESPN one day after three NBA postseason games were called off as players chose not to play in light of the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer in Kenosha, WI. The Bucks-Magic, Thunder-Rockets and Lakers-Blazers games were not played as originally scheduled.

    The NBA is continuing to figure out the next step as social justice remains at the forefront in America after another high profile police shooting. The players and coaches met on Wednesday night and the league’s board of governors met on Thursday morning. There is also another players meeting reportedly set for Thursday afternoon.

    The NBA has made a multitude of efforts to embrace the players’ platform to raise awareness for racial injustice, but another national story involving a Black man shot by a police officer on video has put those intentions to the test. 

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    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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