In what is now a surreal reality for Los Angeles Lakers fans, the president of the United States of America tweeted about the team’s star player to discredit his intelligence. After LeBron James’ comments earlier this week about the president using sports to divide the country, Donald Trump did just that in his response.
Of course, going after the most popular athlete in America is fool’s gold, and James has been met with an outburst of support from the NBA community as a whole. In fact, two of the most powerful figures in the NBA have released statements supporting James in the face of this recent criticism.
First, Charlotte Hornets owner and arguable GOAT (LeBron better) Michael Jordan released his statement praising James for his work in the community. If you do not recall, Trump ended his tweet with “I like Mike!” a reference either to the James-Jordan GOAT debates in the NBA or to his favorite character in Monsters, Inc.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a similar statement:
Perhaps most importantly, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss’ statement spoke on the Lakers’ pride to have James representing them off the court:
“We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family. He is an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent leader and clearly appreciates the power that sports has to unite communities and inspire the world to be a better place. Those efforts should be celebrated by all.”
Silver and Jordan (and their somewhat weak statements, in my humble opinion) as well as Buss were not the only ones supporting The King as plenty of NBA players took to social media to speak on how much James’ activism means to them:
James has not made any public comments on Trump’s criticism but that probably won’t change anytime soon. When you’re the King, you let your support speak for itself.