The Lakers’ season took a turn for the worse recently. During the NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, Utah, LeBron James hit his right hand, which resulted in a hand contusion. The player had to exit at halftime but insisted post-game that he didn’t believe the injury was so serious, saying leaving was more of a precaution than a necessity. What does this mean for the Lakers?
How Did LeBron James’ Injury Occur?
The Lakers’ star tweaked his pinky finger while attempting to stop Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. Consequently, he had to be pulled out, leading to the Lakers missing their superstar for the second half. The game finished with the Bucks winning 184-175. Some experts have commented that if LeBron James was able to play the second half, the final result wouldn’t have been the same.
As fans know, the Lakers’ star secured the team’s victory in all five previous editions of the All-Star Game event. The running streak ended with last month’s memorable game. Many are wondering whether LeBron James’ right-hand contusion will cost his team another victory.
James’ Post-Injury Performance
LeBron James had his injury assessed and was able to participate in the post-game press conference. There, he said he knows his coach’s defensive-minded approach. Even though the star didn’t pay much attention to the injury, his coach took him out as a precaution.
Usually, minor injuries like the one James suffered in the All-Star Night Game take up to one week to recover. Lakers fans were happy to see the star play in their next game against the Warriors. James made an incredible dunk that went viral all over social media. Ultimately, the Lakers won 124-111 to the Warriors that evening.
However, the team lost their game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Kyrie Irving Helped Out George Floyd’s Family With Huge Gesture
Kyrie Irving is a huge NBA star who plays for the Brooklyn Nets. He recently gave back to a family who needed support. The family was that of George Floyd, who died due to the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
Kyrie Irving Helps George Floyd’s Family
Stephen Jackson, who is a former NBA player and close friend of George Floyd’s, talked about the gift along with the other massive amounts of support from people for George Floyd’s 7-year-old daughter, Gianna. George Floyd, a Black man, died in May of 2020 after a now-former police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nearly 8 minutes.
Jackson had known Floyd since he was a teenager, and people would often call them twins. Through communication with Stephen Jackson, Irving learned that the family needed a house and he made it happen in no time.
When asked about the gift, Kyrie Irving stated that he simply wanted to continue fulfilling the purpose of serving the underserved communities. Those are the ones that don’t get the same attention from others. He added that he was simply trying to do his part with service.
Irving Wasn’t the Only One to Give Back
The tragedy of George Floyd’s death sparked countless protests all over the world. All the protesters were seeking justice for the death, for Black lives, and the end of police brutality.
Kyrie Irving wasn’t the only one to give back to the family. Many people reached out to the family in different ways to help them. Kyrie bought them a house, Barba Streisand gave them some stock in Disney, and even Lil Wanye’s manager gifted them a Mercedes-Benz.
Kanye West took part and set up a college fund for Gianna, which was part of a $2 million donation to help the Floyd family along with the families of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery who died due to police brutality. Texas Southern University offered Gianna a full scholarship if she decides to attend the university. Apart from this, a GoFundMe campaign was also set up for Gianna and raised more than $2.3 million.