NBA players come to defense of LeBron James

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"I like Mike!" -the 45 president garnered over 39 thousand re-tweets as well as a response from his preferred player Michael Jordan; who told NBC News, "I support L.J., he's doing an wonderful job for his community". "He's doing an fantastic job for his community", the Chicago Bulls legend said.

Late Friday night, Trump tweeted about James' interview with Don Lemon on CNN.

In the interview Trump referenced, James talked to Lemon about his recently announced I Promise School, a public elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, created for at-risk children.

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are arguably the two best professional basketball players ever.

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The endorsements for LeBron James continue to pile up after President Donald Trump's criticism of the Los Angeles Lakers star. "Who's the real dummy?", the CNN anchor tweeted Saturday. "Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron".

Attacking Mr Trump, James later tweeted: "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!" A month later, during another instance of salacious headlines, she opted to go solo prior to departing for a trip with her husband. Laker fans who spoke with Eyewitness News also felt the same way, often mentioning the school James opened and how he's impacted those kids' lives. "Trump was unswayed by James" charity, saying it was hard to make "LeBron look smart". Trump's former rival Hillary Clinton backed James as a "great family man" and "incredible ballplayer" who "gives back to his community, and isn't afraid to speak his mind".

James, for his part, in his first comment since the insult, tweeted a celebration of his new school instead of responding directly to Trump.

James had just opened a school for underprivileged children in Ohio. In the interview, LeBron expressed his belief that Donald was using sports to divide people, as he's done in the past, and it didn't take long for Donald to strike back with a negative response. He called the president a "bum" previous year, after Trump disinvited Stephen Curry from visiting the White House, though it's not clear that an invitation was ever formally extended to Curry and his Golden State Warrior teammates.

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A number of athletes jumped in to defend James.

In her statement, the first lady attempted to arrange a photo-op with James.

On July 25, Grisham replied to a report from The New York Times about the president's apparent anger that the first lady's TV aboard Air Force One was set to CNN, which Trump publicly attacks as "fake news".

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