"I actually don't suppose the basketball neighborhood are unhappy about shedding [President Donald Trump's] viewership, him viewing the sport", LeBron James, 35, mentioned on Wednesday (July 5), in line with ESPN. That's all I got to say.
That wasn't all he had to say.
Throughout the first week of seeding games, players and coaches around the league have been taking a knee during the national anthem, just as Colin Kaepernick once got did and got crucified for, to protest police brutality and bring awareness to the Black Lives Matter movement.
When asked about Trump's comments during a post-game press conference last night, the Lakers superstar and founder of Akron's I Promise school was admirably blunt. Our fans respect what we do in matches and what is right and what is wrong.
"If we continue to discuss what we desire much better, we desire modification, we have a chance to do that".
"But the game will go on with his eyes on [or] without his eyes on it".
LeBron knows what will likely happen next - Trump tweet in 3. 2. 1.?? A lot of people agree with me. In fact, James and other National Basketball Association players have been speaking out against racial injustice throughout the past few weeks and President Donald Trump doesn't seem too happy about all of that.
"Trying to make me laugh right now?" When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game. Then I see everyone kneeling throughout the anthem. That is not acceptable to me. "I have no interest in the game", Trump said.
Despite saying he didn't want to go into his thoughts on Trump, James encouraged people to use November's election race as a chance to vote for "change".
As far as the National Basketball Association is concerned, a majority of players likely share Rivers' sentiments on the issue and will pay little mind to Trump's rant.
LeBron James reacts to a name towards the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder throughout the second half of an NBA basketball recreation Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. They refused to hear, and I did. "But I will always stand for our country and for our flag".
James called Trump a "bum" and referred to him as a "so-called president" in 2017.
Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers attended a press conference on Thursday (NZ time) sporting a blue baseball cap with the word "VOTE" in capital letters.