James then said, “We’re out” and walked out with almost all of his teammates behind, sources said, with Dwight Howard being the only Los Angeles Lakers member left. The Los Angeles Clippers are also out.
Thursday morning, when players were scheduled to reconvene at 11:00 a.m. ET, sources say the Lakers arrived 45 minutes late. Members of the executive reached out to James and Lou Williams to see where their teams were and they confirmed they were ready to continue.
But while James had told the other players he was a part, that would depend on how the players reunion went with the owners. James, who was harsh in calling on homeowners to do more to defend the black community and use their resources to tackle systemic racism, was willing to turn the tide if the meeting didn’t go well.
Sources told Haynes that James felt comfortable with promises made by NBA owners to work on real action items that would support the black community.