'We were ready to leave': LeBron James sought guidance from Barack Obama during NBA boycott


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There is less than one week until the 2020 presidential election and athletes from leagues across the country are using their platforms to share their political views and encourage their fans to vote. 

LeBron James, who has been outspoken on his efforts to dismantle voter suppression in the Black community with his More Than a Vote initiative, brought an influential guest to his HBO show “The Shop: Uninterrupted” Friday night.  

James, alongside Maverick Carter, was joined by former President Barack Obama. 

On the special edition of the show that adhered to COVID-19 filming guidelines, Obama discussed life during quarantine, the NBA and the importance of voting in the upcoming election. 

Before securing a title for the Los Angeles Lakers, James was a part of the group of NBA players that received advice from Obama in August on how to play the season while properly drawing attention to the on-going social justice protests happening around America.

On August 26, the day that the Milwaukee Bucks decided to walkout of Game 5…

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