LeBron James: 'I Was Ready To Give The Keys' to Kyrie Irving

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With many teams around the National Basketball Association holding scheduled media interviews on Monday, many questions were about President Donald Trump taking on both the NBA and the NFL last weekend.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors look on during the first half in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. "The thing that frustrated me is that he used sports to try and divide us and I'm not going to let one individual-no matter the power-ever use sports as a platform to divide us".

"He doesn't understand the power that he has to lead... this handsome country", James said.

"It was a gratifying three years together", James said.

James then took on a more serious tone and explained how Trump is failing in his role as leader of the country by not even trying to understand players' motives behind protesting police brutality during the national anthem. "This is the land of the free, but we still have problems just like everybody else".


"I think the president brought a lot of this stuff on himself", said DeRozan, who is American but plays in Canada.

"It wasn't a name call.it was like 'You bum!' Me and my friends call each other that all the time".

James added he hoped he was able to help Irving be a good as he could be. "As I have this platform and I have a way to inspire ... And for him to try and use this platform, even more, it's not something I can stand for, it's not something I can be quiet about".

As for his role at the interaction of politics and sports, James said "My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee..."

James also defended the NFL Protests saying that he feels it's not about disrespecting the flag or the military. "If you voted for him that's okay, I mean I've done things for my kids and realized maybe I shouldn't have given her so many damn Skittles". Why do we have to talk about that?' Well, because it's uncomfortable, and there has to be an uncomfortable element in the discourse for anything to change.

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