LeBron James was ready to turn the tide if NBA owners didn’t agree to do more


While LeBron James has been one of the most resumed players since the season’s suspension on March 11, sources tell Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sport as his peers began to see a shift in stance during Wednesday’s meeting on their strike. James was ready to accept whatever the majority decided.At the meeting, Udonis Haslem has pressed James on what he plans to do with the reminder that he’s the face of the NBA and it’s happening as it goes.

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.


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