James had said in an interview that Mr Trump was divisive and had emboldened racists. "It's always been something that brings someone together", he said.
The president implied that he preferred basketball star Michael Jordan, perhaps a reference to the debate over whether Jordan or James were the better player. Maybe that's why Michael Jordan himself issued a statement to NBC News on Saturday backing LeBron. "He's doing an unbelievable job for his community".
Last year, James tweeted directly at Trump after the president tweeted that he was withdrawing the White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors because Stephen Curry was "hesitating" about going.
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Prior to Buss, Jordan also voiced his support of James. The first lady's spokeswoman dismissed the story as trivial, but also said that Melania Trump would watch any channel she wants. A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?
In 2013, Mr Trump tweeted: "Lebron is a great player and a great guy!" "Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron".
But despite hostility between Donald and LeBron, it appears that Melania has taken the high road, choosing to stay out of the unfolding drama.
Most of the interview focused on other matters, particularly James's efforts in OH to create an elementary school with an eye toward helping kids get their lives on track. James tweeted at the time.
Last year, Trump also withdrew an invitation to the National Basketball Association champions Warriors after Curry and several teammates indicated misgivings about attending a White House event.