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Gregg Popovich Just Compared LeBron James To The Black Panther

Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

It’s not everyday that you get to experience being compared to a hollywood superhero.

But for LeBron James, that’s exactly the kind of person he was just compared to by legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovic on Sunday night.

" They see in this guy somebody who has consistently exhibited excellence in the workplace and gives them a voice and lets them know that you can speak about anything.

There really is a First Amendment and you can have opinions -- as a coach, as a plumber, as an astrophysicist and a lowly reporter. They can have whatever opinions they want, and that's what's amazing about this when you look at this guy, how many millions of dollars, tens of millions of dollars he's given, tens of millions of kids that are inspired by him. It's kind of like the 'Black Panther' movie.

...How cool is that for kids to see that, to have that superhero? Well, LeBron's been that for a long time. For somebody to be totally numb to that and attack him in such a childish way really speaks more volumes about that individual than it does LeBron. He's very, very special."

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Regarding LeBron’s impact even off of the basketball court, Popovich isn’t exactly wrong. LeBron has always displayed a high standard in his behavior, whether playing ball or in the street. He knows so many look up to him, and yet also knows how to make sure he isn’t sending the wrong kinds of messages.

Those comments by Popovich come after LeBron recently got scrutinized by Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham for speaking out on the Donald Trump administration. She told him to “shut up and dribble.”

Obviously, LeBron has other plans, as he’s already responded. For Pop, he’s here for every bit of it, and is all-in King James’ superstar (superHERO?) legacy.