LeBron James, NBA players pay tribute to what would have been Nipsey Hussle’s 35th birthday
Nipsey Hussle was shot and killed last year near a clothing store he owned in Los Angeles, California. The rapper had a close relationship with a lot of NBA players and had strong ties to the L.A. community.
Bumping Nip All Day Long/Night!! Happy G-Day! I know you gone have one helluva shindig in Paradise today! 🙌🏾💙 #TMC🏁
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 15, 2020
nip day 💙🏁
— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) August 15, 2020
You are missed down here NIP 🏁🙏🏿
It’s Nip Day 💙🏁
— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) August 15, 2020
Nip Day 🎈🙏🏾
— Troy Brown Jr (@Troy_Brown33) August 15, 2020
James spoke last season about the killing of Nipsey Hussle.
The Lakers superstar forward called it one of the biggest tragedies in history.
“It’s another tragedy in the inner city, urban community, and it’s just unfortunate,” James said in a CBS 2 Los Angeles interview about the rapper’s murder.
“It’s so unfortunate when you look at a guy who believed in what he believed in, talked about how he wanted to give back to his own community, actually gave back to his community, and actually stayed in his community.”
Before the 2019-20 season started, James honored Nipsey Hussle with a custom Compton basketball jersey that had “Crenshaw” written on the front.
Nipsey Hussle may no longer be with us. However, his legacy, impact and spirit live on. He was an influential recording artist and activist who spoke out against gun violence afflicting his community.
The 2020 NBA playoffs begin next week. James and the Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference standings. They will face the Memphis Grizzlies or Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, as the two teams face each other in a play-in tournament.