LeBron James Wishes Obama Was Still President
LeBron James opened up about who he wished was President of the United States following the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 5 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
“President [Barack] Obama is a great man, and I wish he was still the President of the United States,” James admitted.
Earlier in the week, the Lakers star and several other prominent NBA players called President Obama and requested his counsel on whether they should continue on with the NBA Playoffs.
After the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, players staged a temporary strike on Wednesday to demand a series of important initiatives from the league and owners. The goal was to promote social justice and voting rights.
The Bucks decided to step up and send Jacob Blake a little gift this week. https://t.co/55U3BuiGP4
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James acknowledged on Saturday night that when the strike first began — sparked by the Milwaukee Bucks’ spontaneous decision to not take the floor against the Orlando Magic — his mind immediately began to race on how it could be used to make the biggest impact.
“From that point on, my mind began to figure out what is the plan going forward, and if we don’t have a plan, then what are we talking about, why are we still here?” he said.
“That’s where my mind went to. At one point there was no plan of going forward, there was no plan of action. I’m not, me personally, I’m not that type of guy. I’m not the type of guy who, one, doesn’t have a plan, and then isn’t ready to act on it as far as action, so we had a couple days to kind of figure it out.”
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However, the following morning, representatives from each team, owners, the league and the NBPA gathered on a call to hash out a plan. That’s when all parties involved came to an agreement on how to proceed.
“Yeah, there was some doubt,” James said.
“But when you’re able to put that you feel that’s very important, that can change the landscape of what’s going on right now, both on and off the floor, then you can have more clarity.
“Myself having more clarity, and every other player in the league having more clarity on us going forward with the initiatives that were put together over the last couple of days.”
On Friday, a joint statement from the league and players detailed precisely what sort of actions would be taken to promote social justice awareness and voting rights.
“In every city where the league franchise owns and controls the arena property, team governors will continue to work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable to COVID,” the statement read.
“If a deadline has passed, team governors will work with local elections officials to find another election-related use for the facility, including but not limited to voter registration and ballot receiving board,” it continued.
All in all, this was obviously a very stressful week for James and the rest of the players involved in this process. None of them planned to spearhead a movement – it just sort of happened.
That said, despite how spontaneous it all was, tangible results were achieved. The players waged a war to promote voting rights and won.
Will progress continue? Time will tell.