Donald Trump insults basketball superstar LeBron James

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‘Not easy’ to make LeBron James look smart, says US President Donald Trump

He's doing an unbelievable job for his community, " Jordan said in a statement to The Associated Press through his representative via text Saturday.

"He's doing an unbelievable job for his community", Jordan, now owner of the National Basketball Association's Charlotte Hornets, told NBC News through a spokesperson.

Trump bashed James in a tweet Friday night saying that CNN's Don Lemon is the "dumbest man on television" and that he made James "look smart".

This week, LeBron James opened The I Promise School, a fully-funded public elementary school catering to 240 at-risk teenagers in Akron, Ohio.

Reacting to Trump's tweet, fellow athletes, sports writers and fans jumped to James' defence and criticised the United States president, while Jordan also offered his support.

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Melania Trump praised LeBron James for his charity work less than a day after her husband attacked the National Basketball Association superstar's intellect in a tweet Friday night. "He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do", he wrote, and then apparently took a side in the James vs. Michael Jordan debate.

LeBron James' first tweet after receiving a petty attack from Donald Trump had nothing to do with the president.

Lemon responded to Trump's tweet on Saturday morning. "I like Mike!" Trump tweeted.

"I support LeBron James". But instead of praising an athletic icon for opening a school, Trump basically called James a dummy. A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?

Even Republican John Kasich took Mr Trump to task for his comments on James.

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At the time, James came to Curry's defence. In addition to talking about the school, James talked about how Trump is using athletics and athletes to divide the country.

LeBron James has just opened up a school for underprivileged children in his hometown of Akron.

This isn't the first time James has spoken out about POTUS. His biography on the official NBA website reads, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time".

Trump's rally lasted for more than an hour, and while he attacked Democrats and other familiar targets, he never mentioned the home-state hero.

"This is a late night tweet from the PRESIDENT", Smith said.

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Utah Jazz star guard and noted good guy Donovan Mitchell thought Trump's tweet was a sign of insecurity.

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