Trump insults LeBron James on Twitter

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BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (CBS) — President Trump insulted LeBron James on Twitter late Friday, writing that CNN's Don Lemon "made LeBron look smart, which isn't easy to do."

Trump also went after Lemon, calling him the "dumbest man on television."

The tweet from Trump's official account ended by saying "I like Mike!" -- seeming to side with Michael Jordan in the debate over whether he or James is the greatest NBA player of all time..

In an interview that aired Monday on CNN, James repeated a point he has made before that he believes Trump is using sports to divide Americans.

"What I've noticed over the past few months ... he's kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that's something that I can't relate to," James said.

James said he "can't sit back and say nothing." When asked what he would say to Trump if he were face-to-face with president, James said: "I would never sit across from him."

James also told Lemon that he'd consider running for president if he believed he was the only person who could stop Trump from being re-elected.

James first said Trump is using sports to divide Americans during a news conference in Sept. 2017, when Trump claimed he had uninvited Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors to the White House, although the team had decided not to visit.

James called Trump "U bum" on Twitter, writing that since the team already said it wasn't going, "therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!"

Trump has never before criticized James directly. But in 2017, Trump went after NFL and NBA players who did not stand for the national anthem. CNN is also one of Trump's favorite foes.

This week, James celebrated the opening of the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

The LeBron James Family Foundation partnered with Akron Public Schools to design the school for students who come from difficult circumstances. It will open its doors to 240 third- and fourth-grade students, and will add first- and second-grade classes in 2019. The school plans to offer first- through eighth-grade classes by 2022.

James said he chose to open the school down the street from his high school because he knows what young students are going through.

"I know the streets that they walk. I know the trials and tribulations they go through. I know the ups, the downs," he said. "I know everything they dream about and the nightmares they have … because I've been there. They're the reason that this school is here today."

"The most important thing we can give them is structure. They just want to feel like we care," he said. "They have the dreams, they have the aspirations. They just want to know someone cares."