LeBron James speaks out after LA home vandalized with racial slur: 'Racism will always be a part of the world'

NBA star LeBron James' home in Los Angeles has been targeted this week by vandals, who spray painted the n-word on the mansion's front gate.

Authorities are investigating the incident as a hate crime, according to TMZ.

James spoke out about the graffiti during a press conference on Wednesday, saying he is thankful his family is safe.

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"My family is safe. At the end of the day, they're safe and that's the most important," James said. "But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, apart of America."

The three-time NBA champion told reporters that if a hate crime against his home is what it takes to continue the conversation around race in America -- then he's "okay with it."

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File photo of high school basketball star LeBron James getting set for a foul shot during the annual Jordan Capital Classic high school all-star game in Washington, April 17, 2003. James will hold a press conference at his high shool in Akron, Ohio April 25, 2003, where he is expected to state his intentions concerning the upcoming NBA draft. James is expected to be the number one pick should he make himself available for the draft. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn-Files GMH/HB
Lebron James announces his entrance into the NBA draft, during a press conference at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, April 25, 2003. The six-foot-eight James, 18, is expected by many to be the number one selection in the draft on June 26. REUTERS/Jason Cohn JC/HB
LeBron James (R) shakes hands with National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the first pick in the 2003 NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in New York, June 26, 2003. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton PM
Cleveland Cavaliers first draft pick LeBron James speaks with reporters following a picture session at Gund Arena, in Cleveland, October 2, 2003. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz RK/ME
Cleveland Cavalier rookie forward LeBron James (23) shoots over New Orleans Hornets defenders Baron Davis (1) and David Wesley (4), in the fourth period of NBA action in Cleveland, Ohio, December 23, 2003. James 22 points was the high scorer for the Cavaliers who defeated the Hornets 97-86. REUTERS/Marc Serota MS
Paul Pierce (R) of the Boston Celtics and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers chat while the scoreboard is fixed during the fourth quarter of their game at Gund Arena, February 9, 2004. The Cavaliers won, 97-89. REUTERS/Ron Kuntz RK
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (C) gets a layup as Seattle Supersonics forward Rashad Lewis (L) and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki look on, during the first half of the 54th NBA All-Star Game in Denver, February 20, 2005. REUTERS/John Gress JM
Eastern Conference forward LeBron James holds the Most Valuable Player trophy at the 55th NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas February 19, 2006. The East defeated the Western Conference 122-120. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James questions a call during their NBA playoff game against the Washington Wizards in Washington May 5, 2006 Cleveland defeated Washington, 114-113, to advance in the NBA playoffs. REUTERS/Gary Cameron
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over New York Knicks forward Quentin Richardson (L) and guard Stephon Marbury (R) in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York's Madison Square Garden, November 13, 2006. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES)
Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James is seen on the court during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, California, February 15, 2007. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES)
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James goes through his pregame powder ritual prior to the start of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first round NBA playoff basketball game in Cleveland, Ohio April 25, 2007. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk (UNITED STATES)
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Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James sits with his girlfriend Savana Brinson and son Bryce Maximus during the Rookie Challenge at the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, February 13, 2009. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES)
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"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 got a long way to go," said James.

The Cleveland Cavalier bought the home in 2015, but has not spent significant time on the West Coast.

The graffiti has been covered up since it was first reported on Wednesday morning, but authorities reportedly hope security footage may help identify the culprits behind the alleged hate crime.

James and his family were not home at the time of the incident. He is currently gearing up for Thursday night's Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

James and the Cavs take on the Golden State Warriors, marking his seventh trip to the NBA Finals in a row.

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At 32 years old, LeBron James is still the NBA's most dominant player and poised to lead the Cavaliers to another Finals appearance.

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In 2003, James entered the league at 18 years old as a high-school phenom.

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Manu Ginobili may be the oldest star of the NBA playoffs, coming off the bench for the Spurs at 39.

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Ginobili came to the NBA at 25 years old in 2002 after a successful overseas career.

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Kawhi Leonard has become the leader of these Spurs at 25 years old.

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He was just 20 when he joined the Spurs in 2011.

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James Harden, 27, is trying to lead the Houston Rockets past the Spurs and into the Western Conference Finals.

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Harden entered the NBA in 2009 at 20 years old and with significantly less beard.

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Kyrie Irving, at 25, already owns a signature moment thanks to his big three-pointer in last year's Finals.

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When he was drafted at 19 in 2011, before LeBron's return, the Cavs being in the Finals seemed impossible.

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Kevin Love, 28, will play another big role in the Cavs' success this postseason.

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Love entered the league in 2009 at 20 years old and a little more burly.

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Gordon Hayward was a first-time All-Star this season at 27 and has led the Jazz to a strong playoff showing.

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He's been one of the NBA's consistently steady risers since being drafted at 20 years old in 2010.

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At 29, Stephen Curry is trying to help the Warriors make their third straight Finals.

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He's come a long way from the skinny 21-year-old who entered the league in 2009.

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Klay Thompson, 27, is now a key two-way player for the Warriors

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People thought Thompson was strictly a sharpshooter when he entered the NBA at 21 in 2011.

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Draymond Green, at 27, is considered the engine for the Warriors.

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He, too, has been an unexpected rise from a 22-year-old second round pick in 2012.

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Kevin Durant is hoping to win his first title at 28.

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Durant has been a thin, dynamic scorer since being drafted by the Seattle Supersonics at 18 years old in 2007.

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Isaiah Thomas, at 28, is improbably carrying the Celtics through the playoffs.

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When he was drafted with the last pick in 2011, at 22, nobody knew he could be a franchise star.

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John Wall had an MVP-level season at 26 for the Wizards this year.

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He's become even better than expected when he entered the NBA at 19 in 2010.

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DeMar DeRozan has become the Raptors' go-to scorer at 27.

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DeRozan was known mostly as a high-flying dunker when he came into the league at 20 years old in 2009.

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Kyle Lowry made his third All-Star team with the Raptors at 30 years old this year.

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Lowry began his winding career at 20 years old as a reserve for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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J.R. Smith has become a vital sharpshooter and defender for the Cavs at 31.

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Smith has come a long way from the immature gunner many considered him to be when he was a 19-year-old rookie in 2004.

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Iman Shumpert, 26, is a three-and-D wing and fashionable member of the Cavs.

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When he entered the league at 21 in 2011, he rocked a more straight-forward look.

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