Sources: LeBron James sought out Barack Obama for advice to players – The Athletic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After walking out of Wednesday’s players meeting in support of sitting out NBA’s games, LeBron James led a small group of players who turned to perhaps America’s biggest basketball fan for advice.

Former President Barack Obama spoke to James, National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul and a small group of players late Wednesday evening, advising them to play and utilize the opportunity to contextualize action they want in order to play, The Athletic has learned.

James, Paul and others wanted to seek the guidance of the 44th President of the United States (2009-2017), and on the call broached forming a committee for player action that they want Obama involved in, sources told The Athletic.

The call took place following a contentious players meeting in which Lakers and Clippers players voted to refuse to play the remainder of the season. After lengthy dialogue into Thursday morning, both…

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