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LeBron reacts to election, not sure if he'll visit White House to see Trump

LeBron reacts to election, not sure if he'll visit White House to see Trump

LeBron James has a platform to speak his mind as the best player in basketball at a momentous time in United States history, and he's more than willing to use it, whether that's to share his thoughts on Trayvon Martin, police-involved shootings, or in recent weeks by participating in campaign rallies for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

So, on Friday, one day after his Cavaliers visited the White House as NBA champions, and three days after the election, James sat down to meet the media at the Verizon Center at morning shootaround with quite a bit on his mind. James, like many Americans, has had a lot to think about over the last few days.

"It was difficult watching it. Me and my wife didn't go to bed until 4 o'clock in the morning. It was very difficult seeing what happened not only in our state but in our country," he said. "[But] it is what it is. That's in the past. We need to live in the present and make our future better."

James, though disappointed with the result, is ready to move forward and accept what the country decided. His candidate did not win and he disagrees with Donald Trump on a wide array of issues. But he does not plan on sulking and hopes others do not, either.

"He's our president. No matter if you agree with it or disagree with it, he’s the guy, and we all have to figure a way to make America as great as it can be. We all have to do our part," James said. 

"Our nation has never been built on one guy, anyways. It’s been built on multiple guys, multiple people in power, multiple people having a dream and making it become a reality by giving back to the community, by giving back to the youth, doing so many great things. We always have a guy that has the most power, and that’s the President of the United States. But it’s never been built on one guy. We all have to figure out a way we can better our country. We all know, we all feel, that this is the best country in the world. We have to all do our part. It’s not about him. It’s not about him at all, especially not for me and what I do."

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LeBron remarked how it was important to the Cavaliers players and coaches to visit the White House while Barack Obama was still in office. They technically could have made the trip on Feb. 6, after Trump is inaugurated.

As for whether James would visit the White House in the next four years if the Cavaliers win another championship, he didn't commit either way. Some athletes, former NHL goalie Tim Thomas for example, have refused the offer out of protest.

"I don't know. That's something that we'll cross. We'll have to cross that road if we get to it. We'll see. I would hope to have to cross that road," James said.

Going while Obama in office is also personal for James, who considers the President a friend and a confidant in issues he cares deeply about. Developing that relationship has been one of the true thrills of LeBron's life.

"It is surreal. Never in a million years did I think I would be this close to the President of the United States. Number one, it's the biggest position of power in the world. We just have a real genuine relationship," James explained. 

"We just have so many things in common that we can talk about. Not only sports, but community service and growing up in the inner city and figuring out ways that we can help the youth. My life has definitely been pretty awesome. I never take it for granted when I get the opportunity to be around the President and to be around the First Lady. We've become really good friends and that's something that's special to me and my family"

James says he plans to continue his friendship with Obama beyond January and hopes to continue working with him, particularly on social justice.

"That’s an ongoing conversation. That’s every day," James said. "We will [talk]. Yesterday obviously wasn't the time or the place for that. But we looked at each other and we know there is a lot to still be done."

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Oklahoma star freshman Trae Young to enter NBA Draft

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Oklahoma star freshman Trae Young to enter NBA Draft

After a sensational freshman season at the University of Oklahoma, point guard Trae Young plans to enter the 2018 NBA Draft, according to a report by ESPN.

Young will be one of the most fascinating prospects in this class given the extreme highs and lows of his one college season. He vaulted into the top 10 in most mock drafts after beginning his freshman year on fire, but then began to slip over the final months as his shooting percentage dropped.


Right now the Wizards are lined up to be in the late teens, so it's unlikely he falls to their range. But at this point it's difficult to predict where he will go, whether that is top five or later in the lottery.

It really could go either way. Some teams may see him as a Steph Curry-like scorer who can hit shots from unusually deep range. There were certainly times where Young backed up those comparisons.

Teams could see his flaws as a result of opposing defenses honing in on him because they could at the college level. In the NBA he may have more space and therefore be able to play to his strengths.


Or, teams could look at the fact he shot 36.1 percent from three on a whopping 10.2 attempts per game as a sign he is a chucker. He also led the nation in turnovers, commiting 24 more than the next guy. Young averaged 5.2 giveaways per game.

While Curry is the best-case scenario, Jimmer Fredette may be the worst-case. Fredette was the 10th overall pick in 2011 and now plays in China. 

Young will be an intriguing prospect in the draft because the ceiling is high and the basement is low. 

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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