Bill Russell: Being criticized by Trump is the 'biggest compliment you can get'
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NBA legend Bill Russell praised LeBron James and CNN host Don LemonDon Carlton LemonBirdwatcher questions whether response to woman who called police on him was 'proportionate' Birdwatcher: Woman's call to police was 'definitely racist' #FireChrisHayes trends after MSNBC host covers Biden sexual assault allegations MORE after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSessions accepts 'Fox News Sunday' invitation to debate, Tuberville declines Priest among those police cleared from St. John's Church patio for Trump visit Trump criticizes CNN on split-screen audio of Rose Garden address, protesters clashing with police MORE attacked the two men, saying they “must be doing something right.”

Russell also cited Reps. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMcCarthy yanks endorsement of California candidate over social media posts Top bank regulator announces abrupt resignation GOP pulls support from California House candidate over 'unacceptable' social media posts MORE (D-Calif.) and John LewisJohn LewisPelosi, Schumer say treatment of protesters outside White House 'dishonors every value that faith teaches us' Democrats call for Congress to take action following death of George Floyd Tim Scott: Trump's 'shooting,' 'vicious dogs' tweets 'are not constructive' MORE (D-Ga.), as well as NFL players attacked by Trump, saying that at “this time & place for any African American …to be criticised by @realdonaldtrump means you must be doing something right!”


“As I have said before- Its the biggest compliment you can get,” he added. 

The former Celtics star and coach has previously shared images of him kneeling while wearing his Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, in solidarity with athletes who kneel during the national anthem. Russell was the first African-American to coach a major professional sports team.

Trump has attacked players who kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice.

Trump targeted James and Lemon in a tweet late Friday, writing that James "was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon" who "made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do."

Others have come forward to defend James, including NBA legend Michael Jordan, who praised James for "doing an amazing job for his community."

Lemon interviewed James earlier this week about the former Cleveland Cavaliers star's new "I Promise" school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.

The NBA player was critical of Trump during the interview, saying that the president was trying to use sports to "divide" the country.