The former Miami Heats and Cleveland Cavaliers player, has revealed that his name ‘JAMES’ will be written at the back of the jersey instead of the message tag.
The Los Angeles Lakers will face city rivals Los Angeles Clippers when the season restart on July 30.
According to a statement from The NBA, players will be allowed to have a message on their back, in a bid to protest against the unlawful and painful treatment and killings of black in the United State of America, most especially.
But this players are allowed to choose, which one to do. James posited that none of the phrases appealed to him.
‘”I don’t need to have something on the back of my jersey for people to understand my mission or know what I’m about and what I’m here to do, James said.
“It was no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey.
“It’s just something that didn’t really seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.
‘I would have loved to have a say-so on what would have went on the back of my jersey. I had a couple things in mind, but I wasn’t part of that process, which is OK. I’m absolutely OK with that.”
Here are some of the phrases that the National Basketball Association and National Basketball Players Association reportedly agreed upon: Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, I Can’t Breathe and Respect Us.
Lebron James made this statement, as he participated in training for the first time with his teammates. The training involved Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma.
James will now set eyes on clinching his 4th NBA title, with the Los Angeles Lakers, after winning a couple with Miami heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers.