Kevin Durant, LeBron James united in quest for National Basketball Association greatness

Laura Christensen
June 4, 2017

Basketball superstar LeBron James' Los Angeles home was vandalised with a racial slur, police said on Wednesday, a day before the Cleveland Cavaliers player was set to take the court in the first game of the NBA finals.

A Los Angeles Times source described the slur as the "N-word".

While there was vandalism at his $20 million home, police reported, James said the most important thing was that his family, which was at their home in OH at the time of the incident, was safe.

For LeBron James, these NBA Finals beginning Thursday night at Oracle Arena should be the pinnacle of a career that ranks with those of Bill Russell and Michael Jordan as the best in league history. "Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day", he added.

Authorities are investigating the vandalism as a possible hate crime.

The news conference was supposed to be about the start of the National Basketball Association finals Thursday - but the first question to LeBron James wasn't about dealing with the Warriors' Draymond Green.

"Picking my spots, being assertive, as I mentioned, and just filling in the gaps where we know that 'Bron, being our leader, and Kyrie are going to be special", he said. "If this is to shed a light and continue to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I'm okay with it".

Until the ugly incident that occurred at James' L.A. home, these Finals figured to be about James' legacy at a time when it has been popular to debate whether he or Jordan is the greatest. "And we got a long way to go, for us as a society and for us as African Americans, until we feel equal in America". "It's alive every single day".

James bought the 9,440-square-foot house in 2015 for about $20.9 million, according to public records. In a subsequent interview with ESPN, James echoed those same sentiments, but with the key point of difference of stating being black in America wasn't just "tough", but rather it was " frightening". I might even stay away from the totals, too and depending upon what happened in the first game, I'd be more inclined to lay my money down throughout the season. When they see you, they smile in your face.

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