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NBA News Update: BLM protestors stall media bus after Lakers-Rockets game, Rajon Rondo backs brother on Westbrook spat

The LA Lakers have made it to the Western Conference Finals
The LA Lakers have made it to the Western Conference Finals
Vivek Parimi
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Modified 13 Sep 2020, 10:41 IST
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The NBA playoffs are heating up. With a huge victory, the LA Lakers made it past the Houston Rockets to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 10 years. The LA Clippers hope to join them as they take on the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. With a lot of basketball action on the court, it is easy to miss out on key NBA news updates.

Here are some NBA news updates that may not have made your feed.


NBA media bus stalled by BLM protesters after Game 5

NBA players kneeling in solidarity with the BLM movement
NBA players kneeling in solidarity with the BLM movement

After the LA Lakers beat the Houston Rockets on Saturday, there was an unexpected incident as the media members made their way back to their hotel rooms. A band of protesters stopped the bus as they chanted 'Black Lives Matter'. 

The protestors demanded that NBA players use their platform to draw attention to the police shooting of a young black man named Salaythis Melvin in Orange County, Florida last month.

One slogan specifically called out to LA Lakers superstar LeBron James, saying "LeBron stand with us". Some slogans appealed to James Harden and Russell Westbrook as well.

NBA players had great success in drawing attention to the case of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin earlier this month, and the BLM protestors would like their support once again in this case.

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We look forward to more NBA news updates regarding the players' reactions to these protestors.


Also Read: NBA News Update: Giannis Antetokounmpo in crunch talks with Milwaukee Bucks, LeBron James' special tribute for Colin Kaepernick


In NBA news, Rajon Rondo speaks on his older brother's ejection

Rajon Rondo in action for the LA Lakers
Rajon Rondo in action for the LA Lakers

After Game 5, Rajon Rondo backed up his older brother William after his verbal altercation with Russell Westbrook that led to his ejection, saying:

“He didn’t say anything crazy, raise his voice and cuss (Russ). He called the man ‘Trash.’ ”
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Rajon Rondo does not seem to mind his brother's actions against one of his rivals Russell Westbrook. We will have to see what action the NBA takes against William Rondo.


Houston Rockets management appreciative of LA Lakers win

The Houston Rockets' owner was one of the first to congratulate the LA Lakers on their win in the Western Conference Semifinals with this tweet.

Rockets' GM Daryl Morey also echoed the sentiment as he tweeted out.

The Houston Rockets fell to the LA Lakers 4-1 and we look forward to more NBA news updates about their plans this off-season.


In other NBA news, Frank Vogel praises Lakers roster for their defense

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LA Lakers coach Frank Vogel
LA Lakers coach Frank Vogel

LA Lakers coach seemed very pleased after they made it past the Houston Rockets and credited the team for their defense, saying:

"I'm really proud of our whole team, beginning with our captains, top to bottom in our whole roster's commitment ot the defensive end."

We look forward to more NBA news updates as the LA Lakers continue to march towards what could be their first NBA title in 10 years.


Also Read: NBA News Update: Doc Rivers refuses to hide his frustration after the latest defeat, Derek Fisher salutes LeBron James for his unique milestone


Published 13 Sep 2020, 10:41 IST
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