It’s no surprise that LeBron James has been in the mix of the NBA and WNBA boycotts that occurred in the last two days. He’s a philanthropist and ambassador that knows the struggle of poverty after growing up in Akron, Ohio. Basketball has been a vehicle that has driven him to levels of success that many of his peers and those after may not have the opportunity to enjoy.
Many NBA players have this same story. Today they connected with owners after a host of meetings between coaches and executives, including Michael Jordan. James concluded a discussion with players and owners tonight, as reported by Turner Sports’ Taylor Rooks.
Sources say Lebron James was the last player to speak on the call and he delivered a strong, thoughtful message to the owners. His main point was that the work has to continue, and the owners have to truly dedicate to advancing this cause.
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) August 27, 2020
All signs point to the players looking for more from the owners in their respective franchise cities. The conversation is more than fair given the relationships that owners harbor with those that can enact the changes we need. Rooks also reported the players’ list of actions that were compiled for league executives.
Here's my full report on what transpired on today's joint call with players and owners – including Michael Jordan's role, Lebron's words, and what's next. pic.twitter.com/8qmHd76uo6
— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) August 28, 2020
Players like James and Chris Paul all do their share of work as mentioned and it’s only right executives follow suit. Time will continue to tell before we can see if the courageous acts put forward by the athletes will pay off.