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LeBron James, NBA community react to protests that have halted playoffs

Lakers All-Star was among those to voice support of the strike sparked by the Bucks on Wednesday that has postponed the NBA Playoffs.

LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers speaks to Jared Greenberg of TNT after the game against the Portland Trail Blazers for Game four of the first round of the 2020 Playoffs as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on August 24, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Photo by Jim Poorten/NBAE via Getty Images

LeBron James is the strongest voice in the NBA. Hell, he’s probably the strongest voice in all of sports. So when the King gets upset, you listen. The Milwaukee Bucks decided to protest their Game 5 against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday afternoon as a result of the shooting of Jacob Blake. The aftermath has sparked an outpour of support from the NBA community and a heavy reaction from James.

Following the protest by the Bucks, the Rockets and Thunder reportedly were ready to also join in on the strike. After that, CNN reported that all NBA games on Wednesday had been canceled so the League can figure out a way to solve the issue and resume the postseason. Here we’ll be adding more reactions from around the League, including NBA players and the community.

Kenny Smith walked off the TNT set to stand with the NBA players.

Rockets F Robert Covington

Nuggets G Jamal Murray

T-Wolves C Karl-Anthony Towns

Spurs G DeMar DeRozan

Jazz G Donovan Mitchell

Heat C Bam Adebayo

Grizzlies G Tyus Jones

Celtics C Enes Kanter

Former Heat great Dwyane Wade

The Boston Celtics Twitter account posted this as a way for everyone to help support the family of Blake.

ESPN staff writer Harry Lyles Jr. had this powerful message. Now it’s on the NBA to figure out a better way to force change.

The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA tweeted support of the NBA players and their decision to protest.

Here’s a statement from the NBA referees.

Stephen A. Smith had a message for all the NBA players.