Lakers News: Dion Waiters Explains ‘Black Lives Matter’ Jersey Message
Dion Waiters, Lakers, Frank Vogel, J.R. Smith

While the NBA restart at Walt Disney World is right around the corner, it should not take away from the current social justice reform and protests that have been happening since the death of George Floyd.

Several players banded together to form coalition that was instrumental in working with the league on how the two can raise more awareness and spur action to combat specific issues facing the Black Community.

So far, the NBA has allowed players to wear a special message on the back of their jerseys when games officially begin. Los Angeles Lakers guard Dion Waiters has opted to wear “Black Lives Matter” on the back of his.

“Everything that’s going on, I feel like it’s a key moment in life right now for us to make a huge impact on and off the court,” Waiters explained. “Just letting everybody know what’s at hand and how big it is. Just because basketball is back, you can’t forget about the most important thing that went on this year.”

Alex Caruso also chose to wear “Black Lives Matter” on his jersey, a sign that the Lakers are taking the current situation seriously and understand their ability to affect and push that message out.

The season’s return is something to rejoice about, but it is also important to remember that there are things bigger than basketball.

Waiters discusses playing basketball again, preparation for opportunity.

Waiters has yet to suit up for the Lakers as he joined the team right before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The shooting guard was considered to be a depth piece for Los Angeles, but Avery Bradley’s opt out of Orlando and Rajon Rondo’s injury will push him into more minutes immediately. However, Waiters seemed unconcerned about the pressure.

“I’ve been here before. I’ve been in this position plenty of times. I think I’m ready,” he said. “Just continue to keep working and get familiar with the sets and things like that. At the end of the day, it’s still basketball, and I’ve been doing that my whole life. Just staying ready for when my number is called, and going out there to try and impact the game.”

While his timing signing with the team was unfortunate, Waiters was still able to take something positive out of it.

“It was a gift and a curse. At that same time, I was like a game away from coming back, but that gave my a chance to go back and work on my body and be around my family,” he said. “I tried to take full advantage of it on and off the court.

“Just working out, constantly in the gym, bike rides, trying to be creative. We were off for four months, so I tried to do a lot of different things. I’ve got a gym in my garage, so it was cool for me. I got a chance to work out with my kids there. It was solid.”

Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel? It’s the best way to watch player interviews, exclusive coverage from events, participate in live shows, and more!

You May Also Like

Shaquille O’Neal Compares Playing With Penny Hardaway, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, And LeBron James

Shaquille O’Neal had the privilege of playing with a number of all-time greats during his own Hall of Fame 20-year NBA…

Lakers News: Media Still Has Giannis Antetokounmpo Ahead Of LeBron James For 2019-20 NBA MVP

Before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended, one of the biggest developing stories was that of the Most Valuable Player…

Paul Pierce Details Growing Up Lakers Fan, But Being Selected By Celtics In 1998 NBA Draft

For most Los Angeles Lakers fans, Paul Pierce’s name brings a certain disdain and dislike as he was a villain who had no…

Lakers News: Rudy Gay Amazed By LeBron James’ Longevity In 17th NBA Season

Coming into the 2019-20 NBA season, there were questions as to how LeBron James would perform in his 17th season with…