Lakers’ stars Anthony Davis, LeBron James voices support for Brittney Griner following her release from Russian prison

WNBA star Brittney Griner returned home from a 10-month jail sentence in Russia on Sunday, and after the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory against the Detroit Pistons, LeBron James and Anthony Davis got a chance to talk about it.

Davis, age 29, said about how happy he was to meet Griner, during his postgame news conference.

“Amazing,” Davis stated. “Being in Russia for as long as she was, inhumane living conditions. I think they showed the bed she was living in. When I first saw her, I didn’t know it was her because she cut her dreads – I don’t know if it was voluntarily or what. But it’s always good to have one of your own back.

AD went on, “Even though we get a chance to play this game … we live inside this box of basketball where everything is going well, you kind of forget about everything outside. And that kind of just put us back to reality, knowing that we’re blessed to do what we do every single day because there’s people in this world, and our sister, who’s going through much bigger things than basketball. It’s good to get her home. We’re glad she’s here.”

LeBron James, who netted 35 points to lead the LA against the Pistons, agreed with Davis.

“It’s amazing,” LeBron stated. “Especially around the holidays, she can be with her family and get back. For us, as a brotherhood and sisterhood, we welcome her with open arms and love and support and are just happy to have her back home on U.S. soil.”

In the game against the Pistons, Davis scored 34 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Motor City won because of Bogdan Bogdanovic’s 38-point performance.

On Tuesday, the Lakers will host the Boston Celtics in Los Angeles, while the Detroit Pistons will travel to play the Charlotte Hornets.


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