Before starting their game last night, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers players locked arms at the center court. They took a moment to peacefully protest everything that was going on in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. For that brief moment, the game of basketball was in second place, while fighting for social and racial justice is still ongoing, and players are still very much involved.
Both Gregg Popovich on the Spurs side and LeBron James on the Lakers were frequently vocal about their disapproval of everything former President Donald Trump was doing during his mandate. They are both very active in their communities and often openly spoke about the injustice in the U.S.
Even though they are rivals on the court, there was always nothing but respect and appreciation between coach Pop and LeBron. After the Spurs won last night, Popovich talked about all the things he admires about LeBron and how he saw him grow and mature both as a player and a human being.
I think he’s going to be an iconic figure… I’m so proud of this guy and so pleased for him … to see his development as a human being, as a citizen, as someone who looks at the social issues of our time and is willing to speak out.Gregg Popovich, via Mike Trudell
Gregg Popovich on @KingJames: “I think he’s going to be an iconic figure … I’m so proud of this guy and so pleased for him … to see his development as a human being, as a citizen, as someone who looks at the social issues of our time and is willing to speak out.”
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) January 8, 2021
Guys like coach Pop and LeBron were always on the frontier when speaking about specific racial or social issues and raising their voices for injustice. They will most definitely continue to do the same thing, and other players will follow suit as long as they feel necessary and see the improvement in their respective communities.