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LeBron James, David Stern react to the passing of Nelson Mandela

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Miami Heat star LeBron James spoke about the death of Nelson Mandela Thursday before the Heat's loss to Chicago. For the Win wrote up his comments:

"His words, his mind will live on forever. In his 95 years, he was able to do some unbelievable things, not just for South Africa but for the world. You hate to lose a pioneer and a great, but what they leave behind means more than anything, and I think what Nelson Mandela will leave behind is more than him himself. It's going to going to live on forever like Martin Luther King and some of the other greats that have come and gone. It's a sad day for his family, but I think for us to all be in this position to see what he meant for the world means everything."

via LeBron James reacts to Nelson Mandela's death | For The Win.

Mandela died Thursday in his home at the age of 95. NBA commissioner David Stern also issued a statement.

“Nelson Mandela was one of the most powerful and inspirational leaders in the world and a great friend of the NBA. He led his nation to democracy at incredible personal sacrifice, and in rebuilding it, he understood how to harness the power of sport to inspire and unite people of all backgrounds. Our thoughts and hopes are with the Mandela family and the people of South Africa, and while we mourn his passing, we know that his legacy and quest for equality will endure.”

via The World, NBA Lose A Friend In Mandela « Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith | NBA.com.

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