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LeBron Wears Garner Protest Shirt With Royal Couple On Hand At Barclays

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — LeBron James wore an "I Can't Breathe" shirt before the Cavaliers took on the Nets on Monday night, much like Derrick Rose did this weekend.

Rose warmed up in the shirt Saturday before Chicago played Golden State. It refers to Eric Garner, who died July 17 after a New York City police officer placed him in a chokehold when he was being arrested for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

A recording of the arrest showed Garner gasping, "I can't breathe" during the fatal encounter, and thousands have protested a grand jury decision not to indict the officer since the announcement on Wednesday.

"It was spectacular," James said of the shirt. "I loved it. I'm looking for one."

James found a shirt, and was seen wearing it during warmups. Several other players from both teams wore similar shirts, including Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams of the Nets.

Britain's Prince William and Princess Kate attended the game, where they met and posed for photos with James.

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend Cleveland Cavaliers v Brooklyn Nets
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge pose with LeBron James (R) backstage as they attend the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center on December 8, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

"It's a huge honor," James said at the Cavaliers' practice. "The stuff you read about, people like them only in books growing up, and to hear that they're coming in town to see me play and they want to see me do what I do best, it's a huge honor."

James said he was excited to get to meet the royal couple.

"I've had people from all across the board as far as stature, but the President of the United States, that was pretty huge," he said. "To have those two, to say they were traveling here and one of the things that they wanted to do was see me play, it's a pretty big deal in my household."

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