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LeBron James: From 23… to 2020?
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  • LeBron James just hinted that he could be tempted into
    challenging Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020.
  • Education and racial harmony would likely be two topics
    that would feature prominently on his presidential
    ticket.
  • James recently opened an educational facility for 240
    at-risk students.
  • But before James can considering running for office, he
    will honour his LA Lakers contract — a team he will compete for
    in the upcoming 2018-2019 NBA season.

 

The number 23 has long been synonymous with LeBron James’ career
in the NBA, but the number 2020 could play a more significant
part in the athlete’s life after sport.

The basketball super has hinted he “may” go head-to-head with
Donald Trump in the 2020 United States presidential election.

James recently signed for the LA Lakers after four years with the
Cleveland Cavaliers but recently told CNN about his decision to open a
school in Akron in Ohio, about his thoughts on racial inequality
in America, and the conditions required for him to compete
against Trump in two years’ time.


I Promise School
The I Promise School in Akron, Ohio.
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“I don’t know,” James said when he was asked about becoming
president. “I may… if they [The Democratic Party] have no one, I
believe there may be someone… I may [run]. Let’s see.”

Education could rank high on his political agenda after he opened
the “I Promise” educational facility, a school for 240 at-risk
students.


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James, a three-time NBA champion, wanted to create the school to
give children an opportunity to
excel despite difficult life or social situations elsewhere
.
The facility is open for longer hours — from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. —
because James says he wants the kids in school instead of on the
street.

“Every kid who walks through those doors, every kid, all 240,
[the goal is for them] to be inspired,” he told CNN. “For kids in
general all they want to know is that someone cares. And when
they walk through that door I hope they know that someone cares.”

If James ran for office, achieving racial harmony in America
would likely also be at the forefront, as he believes race is
something Trump is using to divide the country.

“Our president is using sport to divide us and that’s something I
can’t relate to. Sport was the first time I was around someone
white, and I got the opportunity to learn about them and them
about me. Sport brings [people] together.”

James once had to explain racism to his children when vandals
graffiti’d the “n-word” over his
Los Angeles property
.

“No matter how big you can become, no matter how successful you
are, no matter what you do in the community or in your
profession, being African American in America is tough, and they
always going to let you know that you are the ‘n-word’ — no
matter who you are,” he told CNN.

James then offered advice to young African Americans on how to
overcome racism. “When you’re an African American kid, male or
female, you’re always going to be against obstacles,” he said.
“You can allow it to affect you, or you can allow it to empower
you and rise above it.

“When you look at the greatest leaders of our time, Muhammad Ali
and Dr Martin Luther King, after all the adversity they went
through, they never let it down them. They used it as motivation
to be more powerful — and they are the reason we are here today.”

Could James be a leader like Ali or King?


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James.
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Though James has reached the top of basketball, he remains
“coachable” and the “ultimate professional” — he has seemingly
never felt like he has gotten too big to learn, despite his
impressive basketball IQ.

Business Insider spoke to Phil
Handy, an NBA coach who knows James better than most, in London
last year
, and Handy told us that he “studies, wants to be
challenged, and wants to be coached” — skills that could prove
transferrable should James want to learn more about governmental
departments that focus on energy, housing and urban development,
and defense.

Handy also said that James is a natural born leader, and a
focused worker. When he was at the Cavaliers, “LeBron [was] one
of the first guys in the building. That in itself is something
that makes the younger guys think they have to live up to that.”

Ultimately, 2020 may come too soon for James as he only recently
signed a four-year, $154 million
deal
at the Lakers.

James returns to basketball for the 2018-2019 season, which
begins in late October and will end in mid-April, next year.
Should the Lakers make the playoffs, the team’s season could
carry on until June.

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