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LeBron James hopes that protests during the restart of the NBA will “keep our feet on the gas” for social change

LeBron James hopes that the return of the NBA can “spread a lot of love around the world” after scoring the winning basket in the Los Angeles Lakers’ win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

James followed up on his own miss by being alert to grab the decisive points in a 103-101 win with 12.8 seconds to go when the season resumed on Thursday in the Orlando bubble.

Players took a knee wearing tops to support the Black Lives Matters movement before the first NBA action started behind closed doors since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Quadruple NBA MVP James says NBA stars can play a big role in raising spirits around the world.

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“The basketball game has always been bigger than just a ball and an edge, 10 boys on a field and referees. It’s an opportunity to use this platform to spread a lot of positivity, a lot of love around the world,” James said in a on-court interview. “We understand what is currently going on in society and we use this NBA platform as players, as coaches, as organizations to stay strong on it.

“This is a great start tonight, it’s good to have the NBA back and I hope our fans are proud of us tonight.”

James emphasized the importance of the league and players who continue to take a stand against racial inequality.

“Progress has been made, but when we saw progress in the past, we let go of our foot a little bit,” he said. “We can’t, we want to keep our foot on the gas, keep pushing, keep spreading love across America.

“We are dealing with a lot of racism, a lot of social injustice, a lot of police brutality, not just in my neighborhood, not just black people, colored people and it’s something we want to keep people’s ears open to.

“We have ears now, but we can’t stop putting our foot on the gas like we’ve been doing for the past few months.”

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