He responded, "I don't think so", until Lemon brought up Trump as a possible opponent.
The LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron (Ohio) Public Schools on Monday opened a new elementary school for at-risk children in James' hometown. But the attack on James, who was being interviewed by another black man, to some resembled a racial dog whistle and came just days after Trump deemed Democratic Representative Maxine Waters of California, who is also black, as "low IQ" during a screed amid a rally in Pennsylvania.
He didn't say anything specific about Trump's tweet.
A spokeswoman for Melania Trump said in a statement Saturday afternoon that it appears that James is "working to do good things on behalf of our next generation" and that the first lady would be open to visiting his new school.
"What I've noticed over the past few months", James told Lemon, "is [Trump has] kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to".
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However, Mrs Trump's spokeswoman said James was "working to do good things" with a school in his OH hometown.
"Who's the real dummy? [LeBron James]. He's doing an fantastic job for his community". "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?" he tweeted.
"I like Mike!" he wrote.
And Geraldo Rivera, the journalist and Trump confidant, broke with the president to say he wished Trump "turned other cheek re (at) KingJames & (at) donlemon While I disagree with their conclusion that (at) POTUS is using sports to divide America along racial lines, they're both honest & intelligent men". "If someone tried to recruit a LeBron to run for president, they said, "Listen, they've got no one, if you don't run, Trump's going to win, ' would you run?"
Last year, James was critical of Trump, calling him a "bum" when the President rescinded his invitation for the 2017 National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House, after the Warriors said they would not accept an invitation.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham, a vocal Trump supporter, called James and fellow basketball star Kevin Durant ignorant and suggested they "shut up and dribble". "But it will not stop me from doing what I know is right". Trump, meanwhile, is headed to OH, as he is set to hold a "Make America Great Again" rally in Lewis Center, just north of Columbus, on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
James has not tweeted about Trump's reaction, at least not explicitly.
"Let's get it kids!"