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Trump’s rebuffing of the Warriors, however, was met head on by basketball’s biggest star, LeBron James, who called him a bum. Other prominent players spoke out, too. The president slinked away, the way a bully does when faced with unexpected resistance. “I don’t think he got what he wanted out of them because it didn’t generate very much controversy or passion among his base,” said Joe Lockhart, the former N.F.L. executive who was principally involved with devising the league’s crisis management of the anthem issue. “He was not able to generate debate within the N.B.A. community. They all seemed to fall in line behind LeBron and Steph Curry.”
Outside experts and historians cited plenty of reasons the N.F.L. and the N.B.A. find themselves on different sides of this cultural divide, ranging from the N.F.L.’s lack of guaranteed contracts to the N.B.A.’s smaller and more unified work force. “It’s clear that we’ve got two different leagues — two different kinds of owners, two different groups of consumers,” said Charles Ross, a history professor and director of African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. “But we’ve got one group of African-American males. To be sure, the black athletes, whether they are in the N.B.A. or the N.F.L., are together.”
“There’s a fundamental difference between the two leagues,” said Lockhart, who before working for the N.F.L. was a press secretary under President Bill Clinton. “The superstar players in the N.B.A. are also the leaders in the union, and they have enormous influence and are a very cohesive group.” He added: “I’m not saying what’s better, it’s just different. My sense is that in the N.B.A., you could put three or four players in the room and they could speak for the entire league. You couldn’t do that with the N.F.L.”
Rodman, who expects Tuesday’s summit to be a success, said the outcome would be dependent on the ability of the two leaders to strike up a personal relationship. “If Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump understand and have a smooth comfortable relationship, smile, laugh, joke … It ain’t gotta be war. It’s gotta be something, everyone, is comfortable with.” Rodman said Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, “understands bits and pieces” of English. “I think people understand that Kim Jong Un is not a dumb man,” said Rodman. “He’s trying to protect his people, his honor, and everything that has to do with his country.”
Wearing a red “Make America Great Again” baseball cap, the former NBA Hall-of-Famer said that Tuesday’s historic meeting was years in the making. “It’s a great day. I am here to see it. I’m so happy,” he said. Rodman, who has previously boasted of his role in bringing the two leaders together, described how he always believed in helping North Korea. “Once I got familiar with the culture and situation, I felt like I was at home,” he said of his previous trips to the reclusive country, initially as part of a basketball delegation.
Dennis Rodman: Good meeting former Homeland Security advisor @TomBossert45 today in Singapore. We had a great conversation about my trips to Pyongyang opening the doors and what a tremendous job @POTUS Trump has been doing and the historical results he had today. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain#USA