LeBron James spoke his mind at the Cleveland Cavaliers' media day on Monday, covering topics including the widespread protests seen during Sunday's National Football League games and his critiques of President Trump.
"He doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this attractive country", James said of Trump.
James praised the players' unity, and said: "The people run this country". "And damn sure not (Trump)". "It's not about the disrespect of our flag and the military that's made this world free".
"That's why I sit up here today", he said, "Still in this uniform, still ready to lead this franchise to a championship, put us in a position where we can be successful". "I'll answer all the questions in that and then whenever y'all want to move on to the next one let's do that", LeBron James said. When it comes to the future, James says he still intends to retire as a Cleveland Cavalier - at least for now, anyway. But Gilbert calls himself "agnostic" politically and personally contributed $75,000 to Democrat Hillary Clinton - whom James campaigned for - and other Democratic candidates in MI past year.
"It's powerful what all these athletes are doing", James said.
James is in the final year of his contract, though he has a player option for the 2018-19 season.
"If you voted for him or not, you may have made a mistake, and that's OK", James told reporters. Known for his high flying dunks, dazzling assists and overall basketball excellence, the King was making waves on social media as he took a break from his off season workouts to voice his disdain for United States President Donald Trump.
"We know this is the greatest country in the world, this is the land of the free", James said.
When asked if that were still the case, the 15th-year pro said, "It hasn't changed".
But all of the basketball talk took a back seat on September 25 as the Cavs staged media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts, their training center in Independence.
But while James said that he's committed to the Cavs, the 4-time MVP also admitted that he's not looking past the 2017-18 season.
Wade gave up approximately $8 million in salary in order to obtain the buyout, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported.
Oklahoma City, which has added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony to point guard Russell Westbrook, could also enter the mix.
"I don't think anybody in the organization saw this coming", James said of Irving's trade request. For his career, he is averaging 23.3, 4.8 and 5.7. Many players knelt, others joined arms.
When James learned of Irving's trade request in early July, he reached out to Irving to try to understand his reasons.