NBA players, other athletes come to defense of LeBron after Trump Tweet

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And he's rejecting the premise like an opponent's ill-advised layup.

LeBron James (@KingJames) says Trump's trying to use sport to divide people, but he believes it brings people together.

Trump, who will spend Saturday evening at a rally for a fellow Republican outside Columbus, has long denounced the media - CNN in particular - and rarely lets a slight go unnoticed.

At the end of the interview, Lemon challenged Trump, a move that perhaps invoked the Trump tweet.

James is considered by many to be the greatest player in basketball history, rivaled by Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

"Who's the real dummy?", the CNN anchor tweeted Saturday.

Earlier this week, James was a guest on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon for an interview about the "I Promise" school that opened in Akron on Monday.

"Sports was the first time I was ever around someone white", revealed the four-time NBA MVP. And I got an opportunity to see them and learn about them and they got an opportunity to learn about me and we became friends.

Additionally, Trump's insult has highlighted a number of comparisons between Trump's and James' accomplishments and behavior, many of which do not redound to Trump's benefit - most obviously, James' new school and Trump University.

"For me, everything where I grew up was on top of the refrigerator", he explained.

The I Promise School initially will house 240 third- and fourth-graders.

The LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron (Ohio) Public Schools on Monday opened a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown. Lemon tweeted. "A man who puts kids in classrooms or one who puts kids in cages?"

I know who I'm riding with.

"I think the president in charge now has given people ... they don't care now, they throw it in your face now", he said.

"You would never, you don't want to talk to him?"

Following his eighth straight appearance in the NBA Finals, James said he was still in "championship mode" as he headed into free agency.

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