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LeBron James Upset He’s Not Getting To Lead NBA Movement?

LeBron James Upset He’s Not Getting To Lead NBA Movement?

LeBron James Upset He’s Not Getting To Lead NBA Movement?

Is LeBron James upset that he is not getting the opportunity to lead the NBA’s movement against racial injustice and police brutality? It is increasingly beginning to feel that way.

On Wednesday night, he stormed out of an all-hands meeting between players after being on the minority side of a vote to cancel the NBA season. Although his Los Angeles Lakers teammates and the Los Angeles Clippers appeared to be in his corner, the rest of the teams present did not.

Everyone besides the two LA teams wanted the NBA Playoffs to proceed as planned. It is unclear whether it was because they felt as though their voice be louder if basketball was being played, due to the financial ramifications of cancelling the remainder of the season, or some combination of the two.

What is clear, however, is that James did not feel the need to stay in the meeting for its duration, and that his early departure led to the meeting ending before a resolution could be reached.

This was vaguely reminiscent of James’ refusal to partake in the NBA’s back of the jersey messaging program because, in his words, he was not consulted on it.

Mind you, many players were not consulted on the messages that could be chosen to be placed on NBA jerseys but still rolled with it anyway. James did not.

It is starting to feel like James, the unquestionable face of the league over the course of his generation, is growing frustrated by the fact that he is not the one leading the NBA player movement as it tries to navigate this complicated terrain.

To be clear, James has done a lot for underprivileged people of all ages, races and religions. He has put his money where his mouth is on multiple occasions. He is also very vocal regarding various social issues, and his massive profile allows him to get a message to go viral faster than any other player in the NBA.

But an unmistakable pattern is emerging.

When James does not feel as though he is really at the forefront of a particular set of decisions, even if they mostly align with his own views and goals, he becomes very unenthusiastic.

An unnamed group of players were reportedly upset on Wednesday with the Bucks for unilaterally deciding to launch what is essentially a strike by NBA players. Is there any doubt that James was one of those players?

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LeBron James Is Still The Face Of The NBA

Regardless of who leads this particular moment among NBA players, James is and will continue to be the league’s public face until he retires.

That much is clear.

His tweet regarding the Jacob Blake shooting has been retweeted and discussed more than any other player message on the subject. (Except maybe Aaron Rodgers.)

James doesn’t need to single-handedly be the person coming up with all the ideas and implementing them in order to make a difference.

Someone in his inner circle would be wise to remind him of that.

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Carlos Garcia

A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.

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