NBA players shared their support for victims in Paris

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Friday night the whole world was shocked after learning about the terrorist attacks in Paris. NBA star players and veterans with ties to France shared their pain and concern as more news about the tragedy continued to unfold.

LeBron James said he hoped one day “people will realize that’s not the right way.”

“My prayers and condolences go out to every family that’s been affected by what happened,” James said after his game. “Our world right now is having so many different tragedies. So many different innocent people and victims are losing lives over nonsense.”

Alexis Ajinca said it was difficult to focus on basketball Friday night. The Saint-Etienne, France native was concerned about his family in Paris, especially for his cousin who was at the soccer friendly nearby the explosions.

“It’s just a crazy world. You think you’re safe, you’re just walking down the street and the next thing you know, people start shooting,” Ajinca said. “My prayers go to my family and friends.”

The player wrote on his sneakers “Pray for Paris”, and also asked his Twitter followers to “Pray for my family and friends.”

“During the whole game I was trying to get this out of my mind so I was able to stay focused,” Ajinca said after he had 10 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

“It felt weird. I was thinking about it the whole game.”

The Charlotte Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum, and Frenchman native said he heard one of the blast when he was watching the France-Germany soccer match online.

“I’m fine, but I’m not because we lost people for nothing,” Batum said after the Hornets’ game. “Stupid people, and I don’t know why they are doing that. We’ve got to stay strong. I tried to show people in my way that we’re strong and we won’t [back] down because you are doing bad stuff to people. We’ll keep our heads up, step forward and say we’re better than that.”

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