NBA or social justice? ‘I just feel like our people — we need attention,’ says LA Laker Dwight Howard

After the death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, Howard says he focuses on the social change the protests are calling for rather than basketball.
“And I just feel like our people – we need attention,” Howard told CNN’s Don Lemon. “I really feel like our world is suffering right now.

“There is so much going on in our world, man, and I just feel like we don’t have to be distracted by anything. I would definitely like to play and win a championship, but I don’t don’t want something to distract us from really what’s going on in our world.

“It hurts. It hurts. It hurts my family. It hurts all of our families, and everyone is feeling it right now. I just think we need to focus on what’s going on.”

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“No basketball until things are resolved”

Next month, 22 of 30 NBA teams are expected to meet in Orlando, Florida, to end the current season which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, a coalition of NBA players – led by Brooklyn Nets playmaker Kyrie Irving – has expressed uncertainty about the commitment of the league’s plan for the restart.

Howard dunks against the Atlanta Hawks.
After speaking to Irving himself, Howard released a statement on Saturday outlining his belief that the NBA and other forms of entertainment are an unnecessary distraction from the bigger problems the United States faces.

Howard said he wanted to resume the NBA season, but he thought the opportunity for unity between “my people” was a higher priority and that there should be “no basketball until things won’t be resolved. “

When the season was suspended in March, the Howard Lakers were at the top of the Western Conference and, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davies, have an excellent chance of winning an NBA title this season.

But despite being at the dawn of its first NBA championship, the pursuit of pressure for a more equal society remains the priority of 34 years.

Howard and LeBron James react after teammate Kyle Kuzma soaks the ball during the game against the Golden State Warriors.

“Going to Los Angeles for me was the best thing in my life,” said the 2008 Olympic gold medal winner.

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“I am very grateful to be part of this team playing with LeBron, playing with AD. Just representing the Lakers again, it meant the world to me. I have personally seen so much pain from our people .

“These are our people right now, and we need attention right now. I don’t want to talk about basketball. I don’t want to be provocative and try to provoke any kind of controversy “Because I love my team. I love the NBA. I love basketball. I just think our people need our attention right now.”

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