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Vanessa Bryant congratulates Lakers: “Wish Kobe and Gianna were here to see this”

Vanessa Bryant congratulates Lakers: “Wish Kobe and Gianna were here to see this”

Vanessa Bryant congratulates Lakers: “Wish Kobe and Gianna were here to see this”

Vanessa Bryant congratulates Lakers: “Wish Kobe and Gianna were here to see this”

On Sunday, Miami Heat was defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers, which made the latter the NBA Champions of 2020. It has been a decade since the team attained this title again. In 2010, the team achieved this under the great Kobe Bryant. Vanessa, late Kobe’s widow, spoke about the win in a private Instagram Story post.

“Congratulations Uncle P! Congratulations [Lakers],” she captioned an old photo of Kobe and Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka. “Kobe was right RP ‘stay the course- block out the noise’ – [Kobe Bryant.]”

She added, “Wish Kobe and Gianna were here to see this.”

Kobe was honored by the Lakers this season, as they wore Black Mamba uniforms for Game 5. Just last week, LeBron James wore a shirt with a picture of Kobe that read, “More than ever with love, 1978-2020.” James led the team to its victory, with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Upon winning the game on Sunday, the milestone was dedicated to Kobe by the Lakers.

“Kobe — I know he’s looking down on us super proud,” Anthony Davis told reporters. “We miss him and this is definitely for him.”

“I think Kobe and Gianna have guided this team the entire year,” General Manager Pelinka said. “Kobe’s voice is always in my head — always. Every day; every minute… for us to be able to win this championship doesn’t take away the sting of the loss, but what it does is it helps us add to their legacy.”

He added, “Kobe and Gianna’s legacy will last forever. It will impact lives around the world in positive ways and this Lakers championship in 2020 is partly to build on that legacy and honor them. The moment couldn’t be any more special to do that for them.”

Throughout his two-decade career, Kobe played for the Lakers. Earlier this year, both he and his daughter, Gianna, passed away in a helicopter crash along with seven others.

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LeBron James and LA Lakers win 2020 NBA Championship

LeBron James and LA Lakers win 2020 NBA Championship

LeBron James and LA Lakers win 2020 NBA Championship

LeBron James and LA Lakers win 2020 NBA Championship

In the 2020 NBA playoffs, Los Angeles Lakers won their Game six on Sunday, with a score of 106-93 to become this year’s NBA Champions. This is a matter of significance especially because since the team last achieved this in 2010, when Kobe Bryant led them in the finals, to win the sixth game in the tournament.  

When the Lakers advanced to the Finals a few weeks ago, social media couldn’t get enough of this news and the subsequent celebrations. “You can’t tell me that LeBron James is not the MVP of the league with a 38-16-10 performance tonight to lead the @Lakers to the NBA Finals!” NBA legend Magic Johnson tweeted at the time.

Many basketball fans immediately thought of Bryant when this moment happened. “Oh, boy. I don’t wanna cry this early. All for Kobe. All for Lakers nation. LeBron got you, Mr. Bryant. King James will make history in your name,” a Twitter user by the name of @FinnPong2 added.

The first two games in the playoffs against Miami Heat saw Lakers sailing through. In the third game, Miami Heat won and the fourth game was won by Lakers yet again. However, Heat decided to not lose without putting up a fight and ended up winning game five. So, the Los Angeles team was aware that the job must be finished on Sunday, not merely for their own satisfaction, but also for their city and more importantly for the Lakers legend Bryant, who pulled this off a decade ago.

Thanks to this win, James officially became the first NBA player to win championships while in three different teams: the Cleveland Cavilers, Miami Heat, and now the L.A. Lakers. Moreover, for the fourth time, he was declared an MVP.

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Obama congratulates LeBron James on his NBA title, praises him for fighting for social justice

Obama congratulates LeBron James on his NBA title, praises him for fighting for social justice

Obama congratulates LeBron James on his NBA title, praises him for fighting for social justice

Obama congratulates LeBron James on his NBA title, praises him for fighting for social justice

Barack Obama poured in congratulatory messages for LeBron James after the win in NBA championship and lauded him for his contributions for the country.  

“Proud of my friend @KingJames for his fourth title, fourth Finals MVP, and for not only living up to the hype after seventeen seasons, but surpassing it as an extraordinary leader both on the court and in the public arena fighting for education, social justice, and our democracy,” said the former president.

In the Game 6 of NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Miami Heat 106-93, to end the series, making it the 17th NBA title for the team. After they won, the former president took to Twitter to congratulate the Lakers and the Seattle Storm — who were the winners of the WNBA Championship last Tuesday (Oct. 6).

“Congrats to the @Lakers and @Seattlestorm on their championship wins!” he tweeted. “Proud of all the NBA and WNBA teams and players who’ve been using their platforms to take a stand for racial justice and encourage civic participation this season.”

Both on the field and off, James has been a great leader and in the latter, he has been actively working in areas related education and social justice. In Akon, Ohio, he established the I PROMISE School, about two years ago and the students have been performing well. More than 90% of the students performed beyond expectations in math and reading.

The More Than a Vote initiative was also launched by James, to push for voter registration and to focus on the issue of voter suppression. Moreover, his recent initiative called “We Got Next” campaign recruited 10,000 poll workers to work in Black electoral districts before the election.

He has been speaking against police brutality and systemic racism as well. After the police shooting of Jacob Blake, he and several other players partook in the boycott of their playoff games to be vocal about this shooting as well as several others that have taken place.

“We see it over, and over, and over. If you watch the video, there was multiple moments where they could have tackled him,” James said, referring to the Blake shooting. “They could’ve grabbed him. They could have done that. Why does it always have to get to a point where we see the guns firing? And his family’s there; the kids are there. It’s in broad daylight.”

Check out Obama’s tweets below.

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Donald Trump called LeBron James a “hater” and criticized him being outspoken

Donald Trump called LeBron James a “hater” and criticized him being outspoken

Donald Trump called LeBron James a “hater” and criticized him being outspoken

The President of the United States- Donald Trump – expressed his dislike for LeBron James in Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

When speaking about the Los Angeles Laker superstar talking against Trump and his presidency and talking in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement, Trump chose some interesting words. “The NBA has become so political that nobody cares about it anymore,” he said.

“LeBron is a spokesman for the Democratic party and a very nasty spokesman,” he reportedly said. “I don’t know him, I never met him. Because, again, I’ve done so much for the Black community and people don’t wanna see that and he’s a great basketball player, but people don’t want to see a guy that’s that way. They don’t want to see that. … He’s a hater. You don’t want to sit down, watch a basketball game, and then watch somebody that hates your guts, okay.”

Interestingly, these two popular names have clashed before as well. Two months ago, Trump stated that he would start watching NBA games only if players stopped kneeling down during the National Anthem. He also called peaceful protests “unacceptable” and added that apart from Abraham Lincoln, no other president had done as much for the Black community as he has.

When reporters questioned James regarding Trump’s comments, he said: “Are you trying to make me laugh right now?” 

“I really don’t think the basketball community [is] sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game,” the NBA star said. “And that’s all I got to say.”

Moreover, he stated that he did not wish to focus on Trump. Instead, he used up that time to push people to vote. “I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter their sides, see what leadership that we have at the top of our country and understand that November is right around the corner, and it’s a big moment for us as Americans,” he said.

James added, “If we continue to talk about what we want better, we want change, we have an opportunity to do that. But the game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball. We [couldn’t] care less.”

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Colin Kaepernick criticizes the NFL for blackballing Eric Reid

Colin Kaepernick criticizes the NFL for blackballing Eric Reid

Colin Kaepernick criticizes the NFL for blackballing Eric Reid

The police shooting of Jacob Blake has led to the NFL taking several steps to address the issues with the current system and seeking social justice reforms across the NFL. However, Colin Kaepernick is unsure about the efforts being genuine.

He claimed that the initiatives undertaken by the football league are propaganda and the former San Francisco 49er criticized them for expelling Eric Reid for his attempts to battle against systemic racism.

“While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for fighting for the Black community,” Kaepernick tweeted. “Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.”

It was Reid who was the first 49er to follow Kaepernick and kneel during the National Anthem as a way to protest police brutality. Even during Kaepernick’s absence, he continued to kneel and was unexpectedly released from the Carolina Panthers in March although he had a great record. Later, ESPN ranked Reid as the No. 7 free agent. Although every player ranked above him has been recruited, he still hasn’t found a new NFL team ready to play him.

After the shooting of George Floyd, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL apologized for refusing to listen to the concerns related to racial injustice. However, it was Blake’s shooting that led to actual action.

Prior to the NFL season, it was revealed that messages related to social justice will be sprawled across the end zones. Moreover, other initiatives have also been announced, such as enhancing relations between law enforcement and the community, and to close all their facilities on Election Day to ensure that their employees can vote.

Moreover, each of the teams have also revealed their plans for social justice and chose to stay in their locker rooms during national anthems.

While Kaepernick is still unsure about the NFL’s efforts, he appreciated LeBron James who played a pivotal role in the boycotts staged by the NBA.

“Four years ago on August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice,” Kaepernick penned to James. “Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward. Thank you for staying true.”

Look below for Kaepernick’s post about the NFL blackballing Reid.

While the NFL runs propaganda about how they care about Black Life, they are still actively blackballing Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) for fighting for the Black community. Eric set 2 franchise records last year, and is one of the best defensive players in the league.

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