THE Los Angeles Lakers responded to US president Donald Trump’s Twitter attack on LeBron James, saying the NBA superstar’s “efforts should be celebrated by all.”
Trump mocked James’ intelligence in a tweet, and seemed to compare the new Lakers acquisition to NBA legend Michael Jordan.
Sports stars — including Jordan — came to the defense of LeBron.
“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon,” Trump said on Twitter late Friday night.
“He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”
In a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text on Saturday (Sunday, Manila time), Jordan said: “I support LeBron James. He's doing an amazing job for his community," Jordan said
Lakers president Jeanie Buss came in support of James, who moved to LA from Cleveland in free agency.
“We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family,” the statement read.
“He is an incredibly thoughtful and intelligent leader and clearly appreciates the power sports has to unite communities and inspire the world to be a better place. Those efforts should be celebrated by all.”
James said in the interview with Lemon that Trump is using sports to divide the country.
"It should be beneath the dignity of a sitting POTUS to take racist shots at D. Lemon and Lebron James," Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe said in a tweet.
NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves also backed James.
"So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you worried about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown?"