Los Angeles Lakers ace LeBron James opened up about the tension-filled meeting after several franchises boycotted the season during the restart in the bubble. By being one of the most influential figures in the league, LeBron James recounted how the volatile situation was dealt with for the season to be resumed until its completion.
During the NBA Playoffs earlier this year, Milwaukee Bucks opted to not show up for their Game 5 against Orlando Magic. The action taken by the franchise was due to the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin.
As a result, several teams followed in the footsteps of the Bucks by not playing their scheduled game for the day. NBA was under threat with the completion of the playoffs and finals looking in serious doubt.
Initially, LeBron was also inclined towards the decision of boycotting the season altogether due to the social injustice on display in the country. Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers had voted for the season to be boycotted entirely.
LeBron James reveals how things around in the favour of the season being resumed
All of this led the path towards a players meeting, which LeBron reveals was heated in nature. Following the meeting, the four-time NBA champion changed his mind from season boycott after fruitful discussions with notable people such as Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala and also Barack Obama.
“The roots of racism in this country is deep. The psychology of it has lessened, but it never fully went away. The legacy of slavery and Jim Crow means that we started the race behind, with respect to resources in our communities, the way the criminal justice set-up, and lack of representation in corporate America,” Obama had said to LeBron James
In the end, the players opted to approach the franchises to shed more light into the current scenarios of social injustice of all kind. The franchises and the league proceeded to accept the demands which prompted an end to the strike leading to the resumption of the season.