National Basketball Association players come to defense of LeBron James

Donald Trump insults Le Bron James on Twitter

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"What I've noticed over the past few months", James shared with CNN's Don Lemon during a sit-down interview on Monday. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do", Trump tweeted.

James also talked about social issues and Trump's comments about sports in the past. Or we could go over how James has been one of the savviest businessmen in the National Basketball Association, but the real story here is that Trump occasionally watches CNN.

The "I like Mike" conclusion to the tweet was in reference to the debate over whether Michael Jordan or James should be considered the NBA's all-time greatest. James called Trump a "bum" after the president rescinded his invitation to the White House for the 2017 Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry after the former MVP said he wouldn't go, despite the tradition of members of championship teams doing so. (In the end, the Golden State Warriors won, and they won't be attending either.) The basketball player appeared at a rally for Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign in his home state of OH, a critical swing state during the election that Trump ended up carrying.

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In behaviour that has become the normal for the 45th US President, Trump took to his personal Twitter account to post a late-night tweet bashing James.

The Governor is clearly referring to LeBron's recently-opened I Promise School in Akron, Ohio which is set out to provide free, quality education - among other things - to hundreds of underprivileged kids. Lemon tweeted. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" "I can't sit back and not say nothing", James said of Trump's actions. Although James has always been a Trump critic, calling the president "U bum" in a 2017 tweet, the Friday night tweet was Trump's first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron. Trump tweeted his LeBron venom a day before making a trip to, you guessed it, Ohio.

The head of state has managed to surprise no one by going at King James.

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