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Barack Obama praises LeBron James after Lakers win NBA Finals

LeBron James (Image source: Instagram – @kingjames)

Former President Barack Obama and other A-list American personalities heaped effusive praise on LeBron James after he and the Los Angeles Lakers captured the 2020 NBA Finals on Sunday, Oct. 11.

The Lakers vanquished the Miami Heat in six games, a 106-93 thrashing that was much worse than the final score indicated (the Lakers led by as many as 32). James was also named the Finals MVP for the fourth time to go along with his fourth championship.

Obama, a known basketball addict and two-time Ivy League graduate, lauded James for his devotion to excellence on the court as well as in the classroom. In 2018, King James opened up his I Promise School in his Akron, Ohio, hometown to improve education for underprivileged youth.

The 44th president also gave props to James for his years-long penchant for speaking out repeatedly against social injustice.

Obama, 59, was far from the only living legend to extol King James. Six-time NFL champion Tom Brady, 43, also gave LBJ, 35, a shout-out on Twitter for accomplishing the very rare feat of climbing to the pinnacle of his sport at an advanced age.

Rihanna, who’s been a huge LeBron fan for years, laid the compliments on thick on King James and the Lakers.

In an Instagram story, Bad Girl RiRi is dancing to Queen’s hit “We Are the Champions” and captioned the video: “if you ain’t on this time right now…bye,” she said. “Lebron remains king 💪🏿 Lakers are the champs 💜💛 , and Kobe is proud 🙏🏿 A.D. thank you! #🏆 #Congratulations.”