Former president Barack Obama congratulated LeBron James on Monday, one day after James won Finals MVP and led the Lakers to their 17th championship title.
”Proud of my friend @KingJames for his fourth title, fourth Finals MVP, and for not only living up to the hype after seventeen seasons, but surpassing it as an extraordinary leader both on the court and in the public arena fighting for education, social justice, and our democracy.” President Obama said on Monday.
James responded to Obama a day later on Twitter.
“Thank you my friend!!! Truly appreciate our friendship and your words.” James tweeted.
James and Obama have shared a friendship for years now. It all started when Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States. James said in a videoconference last month that Obama has been an inspiration to him.
“For us growing up in the communities we grew up in, we always looking for inspiration,” James said. “We always looking at moments in time when we can be like, oh yeah, I can follow them. And to know that we grew up our whole lives going through presidents and presidents in the history books and history books and it always showed us, it always felt like every picture was never our kind. “
In August, James tweeted a happy birthday message to “his friend” Obama.
“Happy birthday to my President and my friend @BarackObama!! Love.” James tweeted.
The Lakers’ 2020 season was special
Lebron James finished the series averaging 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists. He’s the first player in NBA history to Win Finals MVP with three different teams. And he’s one of only two plays to win four or more.
Even though he’s almost 36 years old, James has yet again proven he’s still one of the best players in the league.
However, President Obama emphasized that he was also proud of James’ off-the-court actions as a leader. James has been the face of the league, speaking out against racial injustice in America. He’s also spoke out about voter suppression as well.
The Lakers now have 17 titles, tying the Boston Celtics for the most in league history. However, winning this one during the year of Kobe Bryant’s death — another close friend of James and arguably the greatest Laker of all time — might be the most special one yet.