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Kevin Durant kept moving back and forth during the Golden State Warriors’ championship ring ceremony to keep his long legs warm, and also because he was eager to finally get the hardware. “I wanted to stay loose for the game,” Durant said after the Warriors lost the season opener, 122-121, to the Houston Rockets. “But I was excited to get it. It was incredible. You think about your family and how hard it was to get to this point to the NBA. And then to be champions is even harder.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers said that injury scare is often forgotten in talk about Durant’s road to his first championship. He added that he was glad Durant not only got the ring but also lost the pressure of not having one. “I’m glad he’s getting a ring,” Myers said before the game. “He earned it. It would have been sad if he had not gotten one and didn’t check that box. He’s too good of a player. Sometimes great players never get that opportunity. Players in this day and age, I feel like there is such pressure that it has to happen for them. Sometimes it’s not their fault. But to see him obtain that pretty early, I think he has a lot of years left. I’m really happy for him.”
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There was no overt demonstration before or during the national anthem when the NBA opened its 72nd season Tuesday with a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. The Cavs interlocked their arms, as they did during the preseason, and the Celtics stood as a team, shoulder to shoulder, with several players and coaches holding their hand over their heart while retired Naval Petty Officer, First Class, Generald Wilson belted out the song. However, when the lights came back up at Quicken Loans Arena, Cavs star LeBron James let his feet make his statement for him. James’ sneakers — the LeBron 15 Equality PE — were all black except for the word “EQUALITY” stitched in gold across each of the heels.
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With all of the attention being paid to the peaceful protests centered around the anthem in the NFL, James decided this summer that he wanted to do something on opening night to raise awareness himself. “I just wanted to keep the conversation going, keep the conversation going,” James told ESPN after the Cavs’ 102-99 win. “We know what we’re going through. We know what we went through as a nation, as a world [recently]. So, I had an opportunity to use a platform for the greater good and keep the conversation going. Why not?”
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