LeBron James, athletes rejoice as Biden becomes president-elect

After multiple outlets called game on the 2020 presidential election, some of the NBA’s biggest stars wasted no time in getting the celebration started.

LeBron James, who is behind the voting rights organization More Than a Vote, posted multiple victory tweets Saturday after Joe Biden was projected by the Associated Press and others to win the race. The former vice president picked up a projected win in Pennsylvania, which unofficially pushed him past the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

Among the tweets, James posted a picture of his iconic chase-down block on Andre Iguodala in the 2016 NBA Finals, with Biden’s face Photoshopped onto his and President Trump’s face on Iguodala’s.

James also retweeted a GIF of Trump saying, “You’re Fired,” and another of him smoking a cigar after winning a fourth NBA championship last month.

76ers star Joel Embiid joined in on the celebration. When Trump was elected in 2016, Embiid had tweeted, “Well America is tanking!!! All we can do is Trust The Process…,” referring to the 76ers infamous rebuild. He remembered that tweet on Saturday, four years later.

“Well America TRUSTED THE PROCESS and it paid off #TheProcess,” Embiid tweeted.

Blazers guard CJ McCollum also retweeted a GIF of a Denzel Washington character saying, “Boom,” with his own caption of “Ahhhhhhh.”

The NBA played a role in getting out the vote this summer — both by registering players within the league and advocating for fans to do the same. The push came after they stopped play in the bubble in August to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, one of the many events that led to players calling for a social justice movement.

Former President Barack Obama reportedly talked to a group of players in the aftermath of them sitting out games, advising them on how to best use their platform for change moving forward.

In addition to establishing a social justice coalition upon resuming the playoffs, the NBA and NBPA also announced a plan to help promote voting — by turning arenas into voting locations, which at least 20 teams did, according to ABC, while keeping the issue on fans’ minds.

“The league will work with the players and our network partners to create and include advertising spots in each NBA playoff game dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity,” the NBA and NBPA said in a joint statement in August.

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