Meyers Leonard Doubles Down on Justice Stance, Shows Love to African-American Teammates

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On Thursday, Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard offered an impassioned statement about the current racial turmoil and followed up on Sunday by offering deep respect for his African-American teammates on the Heat.

Leonard grew up in a predominantly white Illinois community, but having played with and against African-Americans during his basketball career, he has a sense of their anger about racial issues.

During his first seven NBA seasons, Leonard played for the Portland Trail Blazers, with his connection to Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard still evident, judging from the top right photo.

At present, Leonard and his Heat teammates are gearing back toward completing the 2019-20 season that was suspended on March 11 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Exactly how long Leonard and the Heat will be connected after the season ends is uncertain, given the fact that the veteran will become a free agent when the current campaign concludes.

While Leonard’s on-court numbers are modest, it’s clear that he’s a player who can blend into any team smoothly, which could make him a viable commodity on the free agent market later this year.

However, the reduced revenues stemming from the league-wide shutdown will likely result in a reduced salary cap for teams, which could shape Leonard’s ultimate destination.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.