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Trump strayed from his prepared remarks when he mentioned that West came from the “great, great state” of West Virginia. “I probably shouldn’t say this, but I won it by 43 points. That’s a lot,” Trump said. “Probably helped you getting this award today, that you come from West Virginia.”
Donald Trump is continuing his run of recognizing American sports greats with the nation’s highest civilian honor. Trump has awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to pro basketball great Jerry West, formerly of the Los Angeles Lakers, during a White House ceremony.
President Donald Trump awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBA legend Bob Cousy on Thursday afternoon. “It’s very special for two other reasons,” the Hall of Famer said in his acceptance speech at the Oval Office. “It allows me to join one of the most exclusive clubs in our planet. And secondly, Mr. President, it is special because it is being presented by the most extraordinary president in my lifetime – and I’m a B.R., for before Roosevelt.”
In an interview with NBA.com Aug. 9, Cousy described himself as politically “moderate” and acknowledged that he didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, but rather voted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Despite that, Cousy pledged his support for Trump in the upcoming election. “However, given this situation, this president will definitely have my vote in 2020,” Cousy told NBA.com. “I simply feel, without getting into the politics of it at all, like many Americans — I agree with some of the things he’s done and disagree with others.”
The comparison you make that really brought Sterling into focus is when it’s said that he’s kind of a West Coast Donald Trump. Ramona Shelburne: He wanted that. He loved that comparison. The thing that got me really interested in the Sterling story was the dynamic between Donald and Shelly, but the more I reported it, the more I was like, Man, Donald Sterling has what should have been a classic rags to riches story. He is the son of immigrants who moved to East L.A. And he’s a junk peddler, and he’s always at the market until 2 a.m., and he puts himself through school. And I remember talking to his publicist and I said, “Why didn’t you convince him to tell that story? That’s a likable story.” Like, he should have owned that rags to riches story. And instead, he wants you to make him the West Coast Donald.
From what we see and hear on social and traditional media, there are very few of your type, in the middle. Bob Cousy: [Laughs] I’m certainly not radicalized at all. I’m upset as most moderates are, I’ve never seen in my 90 years this type of polarization and this vitriolic language that’s being used to oppose anybody. Doesn’t matter whether it’s Donald Trump or anyone, I’m just amazed it’s become so passionate and it’s dividing us as a country. I’m upset about that. I’ve never seen it this bad. But obviously, I’m going to the White House with my family and some close friends, and trying not to make it political in any way. I’m just very pleased to be chosen at this point in my life.
Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley doesn’t know if President Trump is racist, but he definitely thinks he has an anger management problem. The former NBA all-star told VICE News that Trump’s recent tweets about Baltimore can absolutely come off as racist, and that’s bad enough. “He’s got a little anger management problem,” Barkley said during an interview outside the Democratic presidential debates.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said the GOP “has sold its soul” to President Trump and called on Democrats to make things “right in 2020.” The former NBA star made the assertion on Twitter on Wednesday night — marking the second time this week that he’s tweeted about the president.
“I believe the vast majority of Americans want a unifying, moral leader,” Kerr said. “The GOP has sold its soul to Trump, so the Dems have to get this right in 2020. Make this about jobs and unification. Period.”
The NBA says a strip club’s usage of the league’s logos for a golf tournament at President Donald Trump’s Doral golf club has not been approved by the league. And now the organization set to get the funds from the tournament is backing out. Shadow Cabaret is hosting a “Miami All Stars” tournament at Trump Doral in the Miami area on Saturday. Individual players can sign up for $450 and receive breakfast and lunch, drinks and the “caddy girl of your choice.”
The promotional flyers for the event have the logos for the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA and proceeds from the event were supposed to purportedly go to basketball non-profits in the area. That’s ostensibly why the logos are on the flyer even though they aren’t being used with permission.
Danny Green appeared on Yahoo Sports’ “Inside The Green Room” on Saturday to discuss the Raptors’ championship. During the course of the conversation, host Harrison Sanford asked about the prospect of the Raptors visiting Donald Trump at the White House, and Green quickly demurred. “I just don’t think that we accept,” Green said. “And I try to respect everybody in every field that they do regardless of how crazy things are. But he makes it really hard. He makes it very, very tough to respect how he goes about things and does things. “To put it politely, I think it’s a hard no.”
President Donald Trump says he’ll consider inviting the NBA champion Toronto Raptors to the White House “if they’d like to do it.” Asked whether he’d invite the Canadian team, Trump said Thursday that he hadn’t thought about it. Trump said the Raptors played “phenomenal basketball” to win the team’s first NBA title by defeating the Golden State Warriors. Trump says “if they’d like to do it, we’ll think about that.”
Mason Plumlee: I realize Canada has different economic conditions than Mexico, but the Raptors have proven that an NBA franchise is a solid investment. The Raptors are the most valuable pro sports team in Canada (worth around $2B), more than the Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. My guess is that with the right partner, solid infrastructure and a long-term commitment, a Mexico City franchise could be a giant. Some logistics related to taxes, customs and immigration would need to be sorted out with the government, but maybe that could be part of Trump’s secret tariff deal.
American sneaker company New Balance welcomed President Donald Trump’s tough trade stance in 2016 — but now the athletic footwear manufacturer is strongly opposing the President’s latest threat to expand tariffs on China. New Balance boasts that it’s the only major company to make more than four million pairs of athletic shoes a year domestically. It has five New England factories, with one more expected to open next year. The catch? It needs to import component parts from China that are no longer made in the United States.
Shortly after Trump was elected, the company’s vice president of public affairs, Matt LeBretton, said that “things are going to move in the right direction” with Trump as president, adding that the Obama administration had “turned a deaf ear” to New Balance in regards to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The comments sparked immediate outcry, and some customers burned their New Balance sneakers in protest over the comments. Trump withdrew from the massive free trade deal as one of his first acts as president.
Footwear groups say that new tariffs won’t bring back the suppliers of uppers (the part around your foot), soles or inserts. The US footwear industry produces just 25 million pairs of shoes a year, while importing 2.5 billion, despite existing tariffs on foreign-made shoes and materials. “It will not happen. We’ve had high duty rates for 90 years and production still left,” said Matt Priest, president and CEO of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, which has opposed Trump’s tariffs.
Right now, you’re in the middle of battling Houston in the Western Division finals. Will the Warriors have won another title by the time this comes out? Andre Iguodala: That’s what you work for every day. I don’t think people realize how hard it is to just win one. It’s even harder to win two or three. If you do win, will we see you at the White House? Andre Iguodala: Uhh…well, you haven’t seen us there the last two years, have you? Probably not.
Donald J. Trump: The Great Jerry West will be receiving our Nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, for his outstanding career, both on and off the court. Happy Birthday Jerry! @Sen_JoeManchin
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The time-traveling DeLorean is speeding toward 1950, and when it hits 88 mph, it’s going to suck the whole country back with it. Back to a time when pretty much everyone who wasn’t a straight, white Christian male was considered a second-class citizen whose rights and future depended on the patriarchs’ whims and largesse. It’s hardly surprising that this entitled group would like to return to their rapidly eroding privileged status, which they hope to accomplish through sustained attacks on women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims and the LBGTQ community. By emboldening the right wing through vitriolic rhetoric, the Donald Trump administration has become the UV light in sleazy motel rooms that illuminates these hidden stains on our democracy. Right now the stains include Georgia, Alabama, Missouri and other states passing restrictive abortion legislation that reduces women to baby incubators.
Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban said in an interview Tuesday that he doesn’t think any of the Democratic candidates for president right now can beat President Trump. “Nobody right now,” Cuban said when asked which candidate has the best chance of dashing the president’s re-election hopes. “Politicians are the least trusted of every profession,” the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks told CNBC. “If you look at why people voted for Donald Trump, in my opinion, first and foremost it was because he wasn’t a politician.”
Joshua Kushner and Brandon Arrindell, former classmates at Harvard, have purchased minority stakes in the Memphis Grizzlies, according to league sources. Kushner, brother of President Donald J. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, is founder and managing partner of Thrive Capital.
“It speaks to America as a whole,” Brogdon says as he considers the perennial question of race in a country where Trump sits in the White House. “We’ve elected someone who allows hatred and racism to continue and, in some way, supports it. It was shocking when we put him in office but having him there has allowed everyone to see what people in the country really feel. Now we can rebuild the country properly. It’s about electing someone that unites people and supports progressive ideas. We no longer need a president who tries to destroy people.”
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman predicts President Donald Trump could win a Nobel Peace Prize if he reaches a nuclear deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — and he’s willing to help. Rodman is not in Vietnam, site of this week’s summit, though he had gone to Singapore in 2018 when the leaders first met. Writing in a letter to the president that he shared on Twitter, Rodman promised after the summit to follow up “with you, your team and my good friend, Chairman Kim.”
Speaking on the Bloomberg Business of Sports podcast, Stern said that public criticism, particularly from President Donald Trump, may be weighing on National Football League owners. It’s different for the National Basketball Association, which has made a priority of letting players promote and express themselves, he said.
Current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was waiting outside the Warriors locker room postgame, greeting all the players as they exited the arena. The current political landscape — Pelosi is in a very public battle with President Donald Trump right now about the government shutdown over border security policy — created an interesting scene. A few of the players stopped to encourage Pelosi, flipping the typical script of fan rooting an athlete. “Stay strong. We’re pulling for you,” one player told her.
Jabari Young: Asked Pop about Rudy’s 15k pts… said he’s happy for him… but joked he’s not impressed..then added: “I’ll be impressed if the (GOV.) shutdown can stop or people stop talking about the ignorant wall which we all know is a big fake deal. That will be impressive.” #Spurs #NBA
New York Knicks player Enes Kanter urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be more vocal about human rights in Turkey, after prosecutors in Istanbul requested the basketball player’s arrest and extradition over his ties to a U.S.-based cleric.
Kanter describes himself as a close ally of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, wanted in Turkey on suspicion of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016. Gulen denies the accusation. “I feel like Trump definitely should talk about these issues with what’s going on in Turkey because there are lots of reports of people getting kidnapped, getting tortured in jail, getting killed,” Kanter told Reuters in New York City on Wednesday.
RJ Marquez: During pregame availability, Popovich joked about a story #Hornets coach James Borrego told Charlotte reporters about his time with Spurs…when asked about that anecdote, Pop joked “it’s a lie, you trust JB, you haven’t figured him out by now? He lies more than Trump!” #NBA
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was asked Thursday what he thought of the Los Angeles Lakers star’s recent remarks about being the GOAT and made an interesting analogy while wondering aloud why James would make those comments with more basketball ahead of him. “His career’s not over,” Ainge said on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “Toucher & Rich.” “I’d just like to — why he’s saying that, I don’t know. Maybe he thinks that that sells. Maybe he’s taking the Donald Trump approach and trying to sell himself. I don’t know.”
Behind the scenes, Livingston is currently one of the most important veteran peacemakers. He doesn’t play locker room politics or pick sides. He’s close to both guys and carries a voice respected by everyone in the organization. He’s trying to push this forward but understands the dynamics that drag it back. “People feed off controversy,” Livingston said. “We got a president who basically ran a whole smear campaign and won, you know? Straight controversy. It just keeps going because, look, this will probably be your most read article. This topic gets the most viewers tuning in for the show — Fox, ESPN, all those sports talk shows. It just is what it is. It’s the business.”
In one Washington Post article, Abdul-Jabbar called out his bullying tactics with the media, and Trump responded with a handwritten note, scrawled across the offending column: Kareem: Now I know why the press always treated you so badly — they couldn’t stand you. You don’t have a clue about life and what has to be done to make America great again! Best wishes, Donald Trump.”
In an interview this week after his WE Day appearance in Ottawa, Abdul-Jabbar told this newspaper that only someone with a “ridiculously huge ego” could write such a note. “The man can’t deal with criticism when it’s valid. I know that I have to deal with criticism when I screw up. Most people do. But he doesn’t see it that way.”
“I think the president is more of a problem than a solution because he keeps pointing to why we should fear each other,” Abdul-Jabbar said, “and we need people who are going to point to how we can co-operate and solve the problems that need to be solved.” Abdul-Jabbar said he was encouraged by the midterm elections that gave Democrats control of the House of Representatives: “It seems that people understand what’s at stake — and they’re doing what they can to preserve our democracy.”
“Obviously there is a lot of turmoil in our country over this stuff,” said Fizdale. “At some point, I just hope that we can get to a place where we can do this with the right temperament and set the right tone for our children. “Because right now, what’s been happening over the last two years has been an embarrassment. “I don’t know the details of what happened yet, or if she’s (Abrams) conceded yet,” Fizdale said about Abrams who trails arguing that thousands of votes haven’t been tallied.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers says that he “can’t stand 99.9% of what comes out of (President Donald Trump’s) mouth,” citing the country’s racial divide as a reason for disliking him. “I think (Trump) has been the worst person that I can remember for race relations,” Rivers said in an interview with Sports Illustrated published on Tuesday. “Having said that, attacking him does nothing. That only gives his base a stronger position. The answer is rallying to vote and trying to create change.”
Stan Van Gundy never thought he was in danger in the wake of reports that mail bombs, apparently intended for critics of President Donald Trump, were intercepted by authorities this week. But in a Saturday text exchange with the Free Press, it’s clear he thinks rhetoric from the nation’s 45th president is a root cause of the toxic atmosphere that hangs over today’s political discourse.
“While the attacks are not his fault, (as it was not the fault of liberals that some whack job shot at Republican congressmen playing softball) Trump is the first president in my lifetime who has spoken the way he does and created an atmosphere encouraging attacking your enemies,” wrote Van Gundy, a vocal Trump critic during his coaching tenure with the Detroit Pistons.
Vincent Goodwill: Steve Kerr, on whether his criticism of President Trump made him a target of some of the mail addressed to political figures recently: “Of course there’s concern. We should all be concerned.”
A photo showing a crowd of nearly one million people engulfing major roadways was not taken during a President Donald Trump rally in Houston this week, as several people falsely claimed on social media. The president stopped in Houston Monday to stump for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, as part of his multi-stop tour to mobilize GOP voters ahead of the midterm elections.
But the image circulating on social media was snapped in June 2016 during a million-person parade that took place in downtown Cleveland to celebrate the Cavaliers’ NBA championship. Using a drone, Bruce Bishop and Matt Mishak took the photo while covering the event for the Chronicle-Telegram, a newspaper in Elyria, Ohio.
Jack MacMullan: What did you make of Colin Kaepernick’s stance regarding social injustice? Bob Cousy: I would have encouraged Kaepernick to speak out. That’s our identity in the society we live in. As a white player, I would have joined him, but not in that venue. I agree with people who say he had a responsibility to his cause, but he also had a responsibility to the people who made his brand — the NFL, San Francisco [49ers]. If he had gotten on the phone and called ESPN and said, “Hey, it’s Colin Kaepernick. I have something to say about social injustice,” you guys would have had a crew down there to his house immediately. He could have done his thing in the same way, but by bringing it to the NFL, it cost them what? Thirteen percent [of revenue?] He had a responsibility to the NFL not to hurt his brand.
Last year the president rescinded your invite to a White House ceremony that you guys weren’t going to attend anyway. I’m guessing you’re not planning to attend this year? Draymond Green: Absolutely not.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How has this rampant anti-intellectualism, which historically is always the first step toward fascism, spread so thoroughly through the American society that once lauded the kind of rational thought that ushered in the Enlightenment and the Renaissance? Well, look at Trump, who often brags that he doesn’t need to prepare to meet with world leaders to discuss complex negotiations because he has great instincts and goes with his gut. Before meeting with North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, Trump acknowledged he didn’t need facts or information from experts, he would rely on “just my touch, my feel.” Even though this technique usually results in him issuing false statements (an average of 7.6 a day, according to The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker” column), getting facts wrong and having to go back on his promises, he still relies on his gut. In proudly admitting this, he encourages other Americans to do the same.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: When Trump tried to perform his usual blustering act in front of the U.N., they laughed at him because they demand actual facts and evidence. In a non-guts-centric society, those senators waving the flawed FBI report as evidence of Kavanaugh’s innocence would be laughed out of office because they would be recognized as greedy politicians placing their own jobs above the country. They don’t kneel during the national anthem, they just run the American flag through the shredder in their plush offices. Every time they raise their voices, they attempt to lower our intelligence.
That’s former NBA player and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley delivering perhaps the most trenchant dissection of Trump’s methods that I’ve read yet. It deserves to by typed out: “I think what’s driving it is that people realize that athletes are citizens, too, and have their own opinions. And I look at this and I think Donald Trump is going to go wherever there’s press. And a lot of people are interested in sports and sports is very intensely emotional. That’s his bailiwick and he knows how to divide. So he uses sports to divide people. That’s something that, to me, is so antithetical to what sports is.”
Asked if it bothers him that the president called him dumb, James just laughs. “No, because I’m not,” he says. “That’s like somebody saying I can’t play ball. That doesn’t bother me at all. What bothers me is that he has time to even do that. He has the most powerful job in the world. Like, you really got this much time that you can comment on me?”
Later, asked if that was a dig at Bryant, James says: “I do know that when [Drake] said it, it was about Kobe Bryant, but Kobe Bryant wasn’t even in my thoughts. [Savannah] was down when I was at my high school, no cameras, no lights. And she was there with me. You wouldn’t be talking to me right now if it weren’t for her. But I got way too much respect not only for Kobe but for Vanessa [to insult them]. That’s so below me. That would have been like a Donald Trump remark.”
Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird reiterated Friday that the team’s players would not have interest in visiting the White House if an invitation is extended to the WNBA’s new champions. “At this point, it doesn’t even really need to be discussed,” Bird said. “It’s come up. We paid attention to what happened with Minnesota not getting invited. Everyone knew when everything happened with Steph Curry and LeBron (James) on social media, all that stuff. We all pay attention and we watch.
“So it wasn’t an actual conversation where we sat down and said, ‘Hey guys, what do you want to do if this happens?’ First of all, we wouldn’t have, because you can’t do that until you win. You don’t want any bad juju. But I think it’s safe to say we all kind of were on the same page with that.”
Other Storm players agreed with Bird’s stance, which she first shared with Seattle TV station KING5 on Thursday, a day after the Storm completed a WNBA Finals sweep of the Washington Mystics. “For what we stand for in Seattle, and what we stand for in the league, I think it’s pretty evident that we don’t want to go,” All-Star shooting guard Jewell Loyd said. “So thanks for the non-invite.”
Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he `stands with Nike,’ a clear reference to the company’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The basketball superstar — and new Los Angeles Laker — made the remarks as he received an award for both his style and his philanthropy, from Harlem’s Fashion Row. The fashion collective partnered with Nike for the New York event, both a fashion show and an awards ceremony that focused on diversity in the fashion world. The evening culminated in the reveal of the latest LeBron James Nike basketball shoe: a women’s sneaker designed by three female African-American designers and inspired by strong African-American women.
Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon , a basketball Hall of Famer who runs a thriving summer camp in Nechells , says Trump is ‘blaming problems in the US on Muslim people’. Olajuwon, a devout Muslim who prays at different mosques around the city, told HuffPost : “As far as I can tell Trump is not very politically correct as you say in this country. “He’s turning the Muslim community in the USA into victims and he’s blaming the country’s problems on this one small community. “The extremists who say they are acting for Islam are not really Muslims and Trump must know that but he labels all Muslims as bad.
Steve Kerr: I think the New York Times does that (keeps a running tally of Trump’s untruths). It’s like an average of 6½ per day, something like that. You almost read it like it’s a sports story. “Trump led all liars with an average of 6.5 per day in 2019, his best season yet.”
JJ Redick on Pardon My Take: “I don’t think there was one moment. Doc used to always talk about how when one group was together for a long period of time, instead of getting closer together you end up pointing fingers at each other. It was weird because separately everybody was really cool with each other, off the court everybody sort of got along. And then, there was just so much pettiness, it was just pettiness. It’s weird to think what we had the potential to accomplish and what ultimately derailed that was pettiness. Like, Donald Trump-level pettiness.”
Curry, who’s not immune to the President’s ire, doubled down on his support for James while criticizing Trump during a practice round of golf at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward Tuesday evening. “Frustration,” said Curry, who will participate in Ellie Mae Classic Thursday. “That rhetoric is all based in some longstanding racism in terms of black men with a voice in power. Unfortunately, that’s being revealed more and more as the days go on.”
Jared Kushner personally ordered a software developer at his newspaper to remove stories that were critical of his friends and real estate peers. Now a senior White House adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, Kushner in 2012 went around the editorial leaders at the New York Observer — the newspaper he owned and operated — to mandate the removal of a handful of articles from the website, according to emails obtained by BuzzFeed News. […] The disappearing act included more mundane fare: a 2012 story about NBA Commissioner Adam Silver purchasing a $6.75 million apartment in a tony New York City building, the kind of item that privacy-conscious famous people often try to keep out of the real estate press. Silver and Kushner are friends, and the NBA commissioner praised Kushner in a 2016 New Yorker article for helping the league find space for a retail store.
Bill Russell: I hadn’t a need until now to say I am proud of @KingJames for following his dream to open “I Promise” school. Helping kids & their families work towards a better life. All done with his own $$, for anyone to criticize that is shameful & lacks compassion @MSNBC @cnn @NBA @CBSNews
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Been in South Africa w/@NBA w/spotty internet. @realDonaldTrump has no understanding of community especially if he can’t acknowledge @KingJames generosity & true concern for his hometown. Awesome move #Lebron! #MelaniaTrump – you got it right.
Matt Barnes: Trump is the perfect example of how a man shouldn’t act! Maybe it’s the little dick syndrome 🤷🏽♂️ After he ended his insecure rant about Lebron yesterday by finishing w “I like Mike” I really feel like for once MJ should step up & say something for all of us who’ve supported this man & bought his expensive ass shoes for all these years!
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Been in South Africa w/@NBA w/spotty internet. @realDonaldTrump has no understanding of community especially if he can’t acknowledge @LeBron James generosity & true concern for his hometown. Awesome move #Lebron! #MelaniaTrump – you got it right.
After a Kenner League game in Washington D.C., Hart was asked for his thoughts on Trump’s tweet about James, and he didn’t hold back (via The Undefeated): ”It’s just childish. That’s someone (James) who literally just opened a school in this past week helping kids from the inner city, kids who don’t have parents in their lives and that kind of thing. Someone who’s a role model obviously for young African Americans. So to see that, it’s childish and it’s a shame that that’s our president, but hopefully he’ll be better. But it’s childish.”
Bill Russell: I hadn’t a need until now to say I am proud of @LeBron James for following his dream to open “I Promise” school. Helping kids & their families work towards a better life. All done with his own $$, for anyone to criticize that is shameful & lacks compassion @MSNBC @cnn @NBA @CBSNews
The following statement was issued today by CEO & Controlling Owner Jeanie Buss on behalf of the team: “We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family. He is an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent leader and clearly appreciates the power that sports has to unite communities and inspire the world to be a better place. Those efforts should be celebrated by all.”
Harrison Barnes: Our president tearing down greatness & blackness yet again. And continuing to erase any SMALL thread of decency we could’ve hoped for. So instead of focusing on him & his antics, I’m going to continue to be inspired by the most decent of people making a difference in our world. IMGhttps://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1025586524782559232
Hillary Clinton: .@LeBron James is a great family man, incredible ballplayer, gives back to his community, and isn’t afraid to speak his mind. He’s a world class athlete and a class act. We need more like him in this world.
Sam Amick: Statement to USA TODAY Sports from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who is in Johannesburg, South Africa for the third NBA Africa Game (in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation), in response to President Trump’s tweet about LeBron James and CNN’s Don Lemon
After LeBron James found himself the target of President Donald Trump’s tweets on Friday night, James returned to social media with a dignified response that didn’t acknowledge Trump at all. In response to Trump’s hatred and desire for division, James responded with love and a reminder of his great actions to help his community. James shared a photo of smiling students at his new ‘I Promise’ school in Akron, Ohio.
Jonathan Lemire: NEW: from Melania Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham: “It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the First Lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today”
Matt Barnes: Trump is the perfect example of how a man shouldn’t act! Maybe it’s the little dick syndrome 🤷🏽♂️ After he ended his insecure rant about Lebron yesterday by finishing w “I like Mike” I really feel like for once MJ should step up & say something for all of us who’ve supported this man & bought his expensive ass shoes for all these years! #ILikeLebron -Just my thoughts
Shams Charania: Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan’s official statement, via spokesperson, in wake of Donald Trump tweet referencing him and LeBron James: “I support LJ. He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”
Donald J. Trump: Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike! Donovan Mitchell: A sign of an insecure human being is one who attacks others to make themselves feel better… im just sad that young kids have to see stupid tweets like these and grow up thinking it’s okay… forget everything else Donald your setting a bad example for kids😑 our future 🤡
LeBron James thinks the President is using athletics, and athletes, to split up the country. And he’s rejecting the premise like an opponent’s ill-advised layup. “What I’ve noticed over the past few months,” James shared with CNN’s Don Lemon during a sit-down interview on Monday. “(Is) he’s kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to.”