LeBron James and other NBA stars react to terrible Orlando massacre

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The NBA has been reacting to the terrible events that transpired at a Florida nightclub on Sunday that has seen the tragic loss of multiple lives , particularly in the LGBT community.

At least 50 people died in the early hours of Sunday morning when a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside the crowded gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida.

It's been reported as the worst mass shooting in American history and its believed that suspect Omar Mateen was carrying out the massacre against gays on behalf of terrorist group ISIL, who labeled Mateen "soldier of the caliphate," in a radio bulletin, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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ISIL - which stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Levent - would be responsible for injuring a further 53 people with this attack if the reports prove to be accurate and America is left mourning yet another unnecessary tragedy.

Fresh life has been breathed into the hotly debated gun laws in America as a result of these terrible losses and an inquest into what truly happened is still ongoing, but the gravity of the deaths are not lost on the NBA.

There may well be an NBA Finals going on, but LeBron James has not lost sight of what's really important in the face of these atrocities.

"It's another hit for us as Americans and what we have to deal with in our world today," James said on Sunday, offering his condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the shooting.

"It definitely puts things in perspective on basketball for myself; it's just a small matter of what reality really is," James said. "My prayers to all the lost ones and all the ones that are recovering from this morning's tragedy in Orlando."

King James is right; basketball is just a small slice of what life really is. Whilst it may mean a great deal to some, the game pales in comparison to losing a loved one and watching a whole community have to deal with such a devastating blow.

Several players from around the NBA have been offering their support to the LGBT community - which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender - including the Orlando Magic's biggest ever star, Shaquille O'Neal, current bright light, Aaron Gordon and the Florida-based Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade.

A moment of silence was observed at NASCAR's race in Michigan and before game six of the Stanley Cup finals in San Jose, California. A moment of silence was also observed before the Florida State-Florida baseball game at the NCAA's super regional Sunday night in Gainesville, Florida.

It is expected that there will be a moment of silence at the Oracle Arena before game five of the NBA Finals tonight and, hopefully, any brewing tensions between the two sides will take into account the bigger picture.

Aaron Gordon
Orlando Magic
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
NBA Finals
Dwyane Wade
Miami Heat
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
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