"We could not be more proud to have LeBron James as part of our Lakers family", Buss said in the statement.
Ohio Gov. Josh Kasich, a Republican who at times criticizes Trump, tweeted: "Rather than criticizing @KingJames, we should be celebrating him for his charity work and efforts to help kids". It's clear people have LeBron James' back - even Melania Trump defied her husband to express her support for the would-be subject of his bully tweets.
Secondly, LeBron has opened himself up to this type of rhetoric by going after Trump first.
Meanwhile, Jordan and first lady Melania Trump have also weighed in on the public conversation, and she's not here for her husband's pettiness. Although James has always been a Trump critic, calling the president "U bum" in a 2017 tweet, the tweet was Trump's first attack on the player, who just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron. "I like Mike!" Trump wrote on Twitter late Friday, an apparent reference to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a play against the Boston Celtics in game six of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. "He's doing an awesome job for his community". One thing we know for certain is that she's not here for Donald Trump's shenanigans just like the rest of us. In one highly discussed tweet, James called Trump a "bum" and criticized him for deciding to rescind an invitation for the Golden State Warriors, the most recent National Basketball Association champions, to visit the White House.
Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up! James tweeted at the time.
According to a senior White House official, Mrs. Trump was not "taking sides" in the online feud between James and the President.
Later in the interview, James stated that he feels Trump is "using sports to kinda divide us", a comment that apparently irked the president. But hey, who says if you are married, you can't hold different opinions?
Trump's tweet on Friday night drew accusations of racism because Lemon and James are black men and had been discussing Trump's previous attacks on black athletes in the interview.
Ben Maller thinks that the reaction to this tweet is overblown.
James had just opened a school for underprivileged children in Ohio.