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LeBron James compared to Muhammad Ali by NBA coach

LeBron James has been likened to Muhammad Ali by an NBA coach.

The basketball icon has been praised by San Antonio Spurs boss Gregg Popovich for transcending sport with his willingness to speak out regarding social issues as he suggested that LeBron is in the "same genre" as the late boxer.

The legendary coach said: "Nobody can be what Muhammad Ali was as far as sport is concerned.

"But in that same genre, I am so proud of this guy and so pleased for him that from the time he came in (to the league) as a teenager, to see his development now -- basketball? Sure, fine -- but as a human being, as a citizen, as someone who looks at the social issues of our time and is willing to speak out about them, he doesn't do it with hate."

LeBron recently blasted US President Donald Trump after the violent protests that took place in Washington this week and suggested that the President only cares about himself.

The LA Lakers star said: "He cares about nobody besides himself. Nobody. Absolutely nobody.

"He doesn't care about this country. He doesn't care about his family. He doesn't care about anybody besides himself. Those events were because of him."

LeBron added that he hopes to be a leader for all races.

He said: "For me, I'm not only an inspiration or a leader of Black America. I want to be an inspirational leader of all races because I only preach positive stuff, but I also preach what's right."

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