LeBron, Kevin Love, Victor Oladipo, other hoop stars pay tribute to the Black Panther

Aug 29, 2020
PHOTO: Pacers/Instagram

IT was an announcement that stunned millions around the world: Chadwick Boseman, the 43-year-old star of Black Panther and the Avengers movies, suddenly passed away from colon cancer.

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While he was an accomplished actor, it was his role as T’Challa, the superhero and ruler of the fictional nation of Wakanda, that made him a household name throughout the world.

On their social media feeds, NBA stars paid tribute to the late actor.

“Rest in Paradise King,” wrote LeBron James.

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He captioned his post #TheHellWith2020.

The Pacers reposted the photo of Victor Oladipo at the 2018 All-Star Weekend, where he wore a Black Panther mask and got a Wakanda salute from Boseman.

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“Rest in power, Chadwick Boseman,” wrote the team.

Oladipo himself could only react to the news in disbelief on Twitter.

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The Cavs’ Kevin Love posted a photo of Chadwick Boseman in another famous role — that of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first Black player, from the movie 42.

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Pau Gasol did the same.

Retired Heat star Dwyane Wade wrote, “Rest in Heaven.”

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The Wizards’ Bradley Beal acknowledged what we all realized today — that in the middle of filming the biggest movies of his career, Boseman was already fighting with cancer.

On the PBA side, Joe Devance posted a picture from Black Panther, and wrote on Instagram, “You will forever be remembered . You fought till the end like the true KING you are! We all love you!”

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Here are other tweets and tributes from around the hoops world:

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