LeBron James consults Barack Obama for advice on NBA boycott

LeBron James consults Barack Obama for advice on NBA boycott

In late August, following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, LeBron James expressed outrage that police had shot another Black man. That anger only escalated when the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted their playoff game against the Orlando Magic in protest of the shooting.

“F–K THIS MAN!!!! WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT,” James wrote on Twitter.

As all NBA teams boycotted the playoffs, James and other players gathered behind the scenes to develop a plan of action. It was during those discussions James turned to his friend Barack Obama.

Obama consulted with the players and instructed them to resume playing, but only after providing the NBA with a list of action items. The next day players met with league officials and presented their action items. A day later, the league and players union released a joint statement announcing the resumption of play, and several initiatives to promote voting access, combat social injustice and racial inequality, and advocate for police reform.

Obama visits ‘The Shop’ to talk hoops and politics

With the presidential election just days away, LeBron James is making one last push to get out the vote, and he’s doing so in a big way. James sat down with Obama and had a detailed conversation on basketball and politics in a special episode of James’ show “The Shop” on HBO, which airs on Friday at 9PM (ET).

Obama tweeted about the appearance.

“In Miami this weekend, I dropped by The Shop to talk with [LeBron] and [Maverick Carter] about the NBA bubble, the racial justice movement, and what’s at stake over these next seven days,” he wrote.

James responded with a tweet of his own about the president’s upcoming appearance.

“It was such an honor. My President giving us the perspective and motivation we need right now. GO VOTE!!!”

LeBron James just won his fourth NBA title after navigating one of the most bizarre seasons in NBA history, but is still clearly not satisfied. He gets it. He understands winning in basketball is one thing; winning an election is altogether something different and way more important.

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