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President Donald Trump Weighs In on the LeBron vs. Jordan Debate

Chief executive has been vocal about sports and athletes' conduct; he's now offered his two cents on this nagging question

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are arguably the two best professional basketball players ever.

Though Jordan hasn’t played in years, fans have endlessly argued about which athlete is better on the pro-basketball court — James or Jordan.

Jordan played for the NBA for 15 seasons, for both the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. His biography on the official NBA website reads, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.”

James just signed with the Los Angeles Lakers (leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to do so) and is considered the greatest player currently active. He is, however, more of a controversial figure than Jordan because he is so politically outspoken.

He has taken plenty of shots at the current president, for instance.

If anyone was wondering where President Donald Trump might land on the LeBron vs. Jordan debate, a tweet of his from Friday night might clear it up.

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“LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” the president said.

In the interview with CNN’s Lemon, James gave a tour of the “I Promise” school, his latest venture, which is a school for at-risk youth. He later could not resist the urge to slam the president and said Trump was using sports to divide people.

Lemon also asked James if he would ever consider running for the presidency, to which James replied, “Let’s see first.”

James also said he would never “sit across” from Trump.

It’s no surprise the president took a shot at James, considering how much the basketball player attacks him on a regular basis —  but it is a surprise to see him do so by jumping into the LeBron vs. Jordan debate.

Jordan actually responded to the president’s tweet in a statement to the Associated Press. “I support LeBron James,” he said through a spokesman. “He’s doing an amazing job for his community.”

On an interesting side note, LeBron is supposed to star in an upcoming sequel to “Space Jam,” the classic Looney Tunes movie headed by Jordan in 1996 when he was at the height of his fame.

Adults and kids alike still love that original film. It remains to be seen whether a new generation will love LeBron in it.

(photo credit, homepage and article images: Michael Jordan Slamdunk Contest, CC BY 2.0Cliff)

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