LeBron says he won’t stay silent on politics


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES

LeBron James says he will not stick to sports.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation’s political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game.

“I will not just shut up and dribble,” James said. “I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important.”

James spoke publicly after Fox News host Laura Ingraham criticized the three-time NBA champion for his recent comments about social issues. James previously responded with an Instagram post containing similar sentiments.

MITCHELL WINS DUNK CONTEST

Rookie Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz put on a show in the slam dunk contest to cap off NBA All-Star Saturday.

Mitchell edged Cleveland’s Larry Nance Jr. by two points, sealing his victory with a close approximation of the 360-degree spin dunk that Vince Carter used to win in 2000.

BOOKER WINS 3-POINT CONTEST

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns won the 3-point contest with a record 28 points in the final round.

He beat 2016 champion Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Los Angeles Clippers.

DINWIDDIE WINS SKILLS CHALLENGE

Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets won the skills challenge to kick off NBA All-Star Saturday.

Dinwiddie, who played at Taft High in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, beat Lauri Markkanen of the Chicago Bulls in the final round.

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