NBA star James slams NFL owners' 'slave mentality'

LeBron James Anthony Davis

"While Boston is widely known to want to land Davis, they can't do so this season without parting ways with free-agent-to-be Kyrie Irving because the league's rules mandate that teams can only have one player who was given a Designated Rookie contract that they acquired via trade".

James contrasted the way in which NBA commissioner Adam Silver allowed basketball stars to politically express themselves on the court to the NFL's attempt to stop players who take a knee during the national anthem before games in protest of police brutality and systemic racial injustice.

James got his third triple-double with the Lakers and No. 76 for his career, helping Los Angeles to its sixth consecutive home win.

James said he wasn't surprised by the attention his comments received, stating "anything I say will generate something". But when I heard that Anthony Davis had signed with Klutch Sports, I knew the fix was in.

"When that time comes, of course we will see", Davis said. He added "ask me if I'd like to play with Jimmy Butler".

"They're not going to give away picks and their top young players in some deal that makes them incrementally better this season because they've got to save all those assets for Anthony Davis, a big trade this summer pre- or post-free agency", Wojnarowski said.

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James stressed that he and other National Basketball Association players have still encountered resistance, even though they've been careful to take a non-violent approach to their activism.

Davis won't be a free agent until the summer of 2020, but the Lakers' assets - Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram - may be there for the taking.

LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #23 of Team LeBron celebrate after winning the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. "There's no one in the league that we would trade him for and there's no one out of the league-not even Beyonce".

Then he proceeded to name other great players he'd like to play with. "If we wouldn't trade him for her, he's probably untouchable".

All of that might not be enough to keep Davis in New Orleans if the team doesn't start winning.

For LeBron James, the fundamental difference between the National Basketball Association and the NFL is the level of respect shown players by the respective leagues and their team owners.

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