Lloyd relays an interesting story that has been confirmed to him by several sources involving Cavaliers team official Randy Mims, also one of LeBron’s closest friends, and Drederick Irving, Kyrie’s father. Here are the details from Lloyd’s report: Mims, one of James’ lifelong friends and an official Cavs employee, reached out his hand to slap Drederick five. But Dred, Irving’s father, pulled his own arm back and refused the gesture. When James later asked Irving about the incident and if there was something wrong, Irving said his father believed they shouldn’t be “fraternizing with the enemy.” Three sources with knowledge of the exchange independently confirmed it to The Athletic, revealing just a glimmer of light into a fractured relationship that both men hid well during their time together.
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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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