Lakers’ LeBron James: NBA Players Not Sad About Donald Trump Not Watching

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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to a call against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP)

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LeBron James isn’t going to lose any sleep if the current president of the United States chooses not to watch NBA games.

Mark Medina of USA Today shared James’ comments following the Los Angeles Lakers‘ 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, in which the King said, “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership.”

Chris Cwik of Yahoo noted Donald Trump appeared on Fox News and said it is “disgraceful” players have knelt during the national anthem as a means of protesting police brutality and systemic racism.

“I think it’s disgraceful,” he said. “We work with [the NBA]. We work very hard trying to get them open. I was pushing them to get open. And then I see everyone kneeling during the anthem. It’s not acceptable to me. When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game.”

The comments came after Trump tweeted on July 21 that he would turn off