LeBron James was among the chorus of people who expressed grief and sorrow over the passing of Chadwick Boseman on Friday.
The great basketball player offered another tribute to the actor before his LA Lakers hit the pitch on Saturday to face the Portland Trailer Blazers in Game 5 of their playoff series.
For a moment of silence, as the entire Lakers team took one knee in a moment of reflection, James crossed his arms in a “Wakanda Forever” salute, which was the trademark gesture of Boseman T’s superhero character. ‘Challa in Black Panther.
Honored: LeBron James paid tribute to Chadwick Boseman before his Lakers took to the court to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday
The NBA honored Boseman, former Trail Blazers star Cliff Robinson and Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson with a moment of silence ahead of Saturday’s playoff games in Florida.
The announcer called the actor a “close friend of the NBA” during the tribute.
In a heartbreaking gesture, James dropped his Wakanda Forever salute with his eyes closed.
Eventually, the three-time NBA champion pointed skyward, apparently in a final acknowledgment from Boseman.
The stimulating salute has been used by everyone from NBA players to tennis athletes and soccer stars since the hit movie hit theaters in February 2018.
Emotional: James honored Boseman as he and his teammates knelt in reflection
Goodbye my friend: The three-time NBA champion has pointed the sky, apparently in a final recognition from Boseman
Tribute: Lakers big stayed on one knee as he showed another sign of respect
James and his Laker teammates came together when The Star-Spangle Banner played just before the tip-off at AdventHealth Arena in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dressed in a Black Lives Matter sweatshirt, he made several subtle reflective gestures during the two emotional moments, including his head bowed and eyes closed.
Robinson died on Saturday after a year-long battle with lymphoma, his family revealed in a recently released statement. Olson, who was the longtime University of Arizona head coach, was 85 when he died Thursday.
Emotional: Team locked arms in solidarity during pre-match tributes
In the moment: James made a number of subtle gestures during the events before the tip-off
Take a stand: The three-time NBA champion and the rest of his teammates donned Black Lives Matter sweatshirts
Safety first: The four-time NBA MVP wore a face shield and shirt recognizing police brutality upon arrival at the arena.
James also paid tribute to Boseman in the hours after his death was made public on Friday.
“Rest in the king’s paradise!” # TheHellWith2020 #FCancer ‘, the basketball legend captioned a photo of the two posing together.
Boseman became a household name when Black Panther became a blockbuster hit in 2018, grossing $ 1.347 billion at the global box office.
The South Carolina native has died after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
Sadness and shock: James honored Boseman within hours of his death on Friday
Sending his love and prayers: James added a prayer and a red heart emoji to a photo of Boseman from his appearance on HBO’s The Shop: Unbroken in March
Great victory! The Lakers then eliminated the Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs, beating them 131-122; James achieved a triple double: 36 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds
RIP: Boseman died on Friday aged 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer