Michael Jordan says 'I support' LeBron James after Trump attack

Hugh Fox
August 7, 2018

The controversy ignited after players from the Golden State Warriors, winners of the 2018 National Basketball Association finals, refused an invitation to Donald Trump's White House. That's according to Showtime, which announced Monday that the series is being executive produced by James and longtime friend and business partner Maverick Carter.

The three-part series will track the NBA's growth and history, beginning with the 1976 NBA-ABA merger.

A brief synopsis from Showtime lays out how the controversy factors in, as well as a rough timeline of the path director Gotham Chopra will tread.

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James found himself drawn into politics last week when President Donald Trump unleashed a withering attack on him in a tweet after an interview aired with CNN anchor Don Lemon in which he deemed Trump divisive. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do.

Although James has always been a Trump critic, calling the president "U bum" in a 2017 tweet, Trump's tweet was the president's first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

"I mean, look, for someone who is supposed to be the dumbest person on television, what are you doing watching him, Mr. President?" A lineup of public figures and social media personalities quickly stepped up to point out that Trump's attack overlooked the fact that James sat down for an interview to discuss his humanitarian work.

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Curry, having battled James in four consecutive NBA Finals, says "it should be fun" to see the Lakers rekindle the buzz of past years.

"I understand there are reports", athletic director Ira Smith said in a text to the Los Angeles Times.

Melania Trump made headlines when her spokeswoman issued a statement Saturday that said James appears to be "working to do good things" for children.

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James spoke to Lemon from his new "I Promise school", which will support at-risk students in his native Akron, Ohio.

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