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Kendrick Perkins: We just have to continue to use our voices

Kendrick Perkins: We just have to continue to use our voices

Over the last few days, we've seen several notable athletes take to the streets to protest George Floyd's murder and the racial injustices that continue to plague the country.

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown led the charge on Saturday, driving 15 hours from Boston to Atlanta to organize a peaceful protest with fellow NBAer Malcolm Brogdon.

Brown's Celtics teammates Marcus Smart, Enes Kanter, and Vincent Poirier followed suit on Sunday with a peaceful protest in Boston, showing the tremendous impact athletes can have on their communities when they let their voices be heard.

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Monday on Early Edition, former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins discussed how Brown and other athletes affect social change when they decide to speak up.

"We just gotta continue to use our voices. We can't change racism overnight, but we can change the system, and our voices need to be heard. It don't matter what race you come from. It's just speak what's right, and stand on what you believe in. It's leading by example.

"When you look at even a guy like Stephen Jackson who I think set the bar, and then all of a sudden Jaylen Brown who's a younger guy in this league says, 'Oh, if Stephen Jackson is out here, a retired player, and he's standing on the frontline, then let me do it. And then all of a sudden, guess what, Jaylen Brown, he influenced Enes Kanter. It's a chain reaction, so whether you're a veteran or a young guy, that don't matter. It's just about taking a stand and taking a trend."

As Perkins notes, when one player finds the courage to speak up, it starts a chain reaction. Some may hesitate to use their voice in fear of the backlash they may receive, but now more than ever it's important to put that fear aside and stand up for what's right.

There's no doubt Brown's admirable actions influenced other athletes and public figures to take a stand, and that's something we should start to see more of in our society.

You can watch the full interview with Perkins below:

2020 NBA restart: How Celtics will replace Kara Lawson on coaching staff

2020 NBA restart: How Celtics will replace Kara Lawson on coaching staff

Kara Lawson's exciting new gig means the Boston Celtics have a vacancy to fill in Orlando.

The Celtics assistant coach is leaving the team to become the Duke women's basketball head coach after accepting the job this weekend. It's a great opportunity for Lawson, who joined Boston last July as the first female assistant coach in franchise history and will become the Duke women's program's first Black head coach.

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The Celtics now can bring an extra assistant coach into the NBA "bubble" to replace Lawson, and they've tabbed Brandon Bailey, head coach Brad Stevens told reporters Monday in a video conference.

Lawson will stay with the team for a few more days before Bailey replaces her at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, per Stevens.

Bailey also is in his first season as a Celtics assistant coach after spending the previous two seasons as head coach of the G-League affiliate Maine Red Claws. He initially didn't travel with the C's to Orlando, as the NBA is limiting the number of staffers each team can have on-site under its season restart plan.

Stevens said the Celtics won't seek Lawson's replacement until the offseason but will give a promotion to video coordinator Tony Dobbins, who will move into a coaching role next season and join the Celtics on the bench for games.

An assistant coach leaving the team during the season is nothing new for the Celtics: Micah Shrewsberry departed Boston last May to take an assistant coach job at Purdue, while Walter McCarty left for Evansville two seasons ago in March 2018.

Lawson appeared to be a favorite among the C's players, though, so her presence in Orlando will be missed.

WATCH: Jayson Tatum shows off impressive golf swing (to Kemba Walker's delight)

WATCH: Jayson Tatum shows off impressive golf swing (to Kemba Walker's delight)

What do NBA players do in the Orlando bubble when they're not on the basketball court?

They find other ways to show off their athletic prowess.

Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker blew off steam over the weekend by heading to a golf course near Walt Disney World, as golf is one of the recreational activities allowed under the NBA's 2020 restart plan.

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And according to his Snapchat, Tatum can hit a golf ball pretty darn far. Check out the video the Celtics forward posted Sunday night:

We're not sure what's better: Tatum's (alleged) 320-yard drive or Walker serving as his wholesome hype man.

"This view is fire, too, you've got to smoke this (drive)," Walker says in the video before shouting "Yessir!" after Tatum tees off.

If Tatum keeps improving his game, maybe he can take on C's president of basketball operations and avid golfer Danny Ainge.

In the meantime, Tatum, Walker and the Celtics appear to be finding a good work/life balance as they gear up for their restarted season, which kicks off with three scrimmages later this month before their first "seeding round" game July 31 against the Milwaukee Bucks.