James was not at home at the time of the incident. He is in the Bay Area gearing up for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, which starts Thursday.
James told reporters in Oakland his family was not harmed, and “that’s the most important.”
“It just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America,” he said.
James said the first thing he thought of when he heard about the vandalism was Emmett Till, a black teen who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. Till’s mother insisted on an open-casket funeral to publicly show the violent way her 14-year-old son was killed.
“The reason she had an open casket is she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime and being black in America,” James said.
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough and we’ve got a long way to go,” he said.
James, 32, said the crime in Brentwood would not distract him from the NBA Finals, but he said it re-emphasized his priorities.
“At the end of the day, I’ll be focused tomorrow on our game plan, and focused on these games,” he said. “But … I’m at a point in my life where my priorities are in place. Basketball comes second to my family. It actually comes after me continuing to be a role model to the youth and what I do as far as with my foundation.
… I will be as focused as I can be on the job at hand tomorrow, but this is a situation where it just puts me back in place of what’s more important, and basketball is not the most important thing in my life.”