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‘This is the best weekend in the NBA, where all the countries in the entire world come watch the greatest players in the world … and I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice and equality and why a woman on a certain network told me to shut up and dribble,’ LeBron James said during All-Star Media Day on Saturday in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — Shut up and dribble?

Nah, LeBron James said Saturday he has no intention of following the advice of a Fox News commentator. He said he would continue to address injustice whenever and wherever he saw it and to work to inspire young people in the United States and around the globe to live their dreams.

“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” James said in his first extended public comments since Laura Ingraham said he and fellow NBA All-Star Kevin Durant should stick to sports and leave political commentary to others. “Shut up and dribble,” Ingraham said.

She also said: “Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids. This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.”

James, speaking at NBA All-Star media day, said he wouldn’t be silent.

“I will definitely not do that,” he said. “I mean too much to society. I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”

Durant on Friday labeled Ingraham’s comments as “racist.”

James didn’t go that far. He did seek to correct her commentary, pointing out that he didn’t leave high school early but graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. She said he departed high school early in order to jump to the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“You know, to be an African-American kid and to grow up in the inner-city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable and to make it to where I’ve made it today, I think I’ve defeated the odds,” James said. “I want every kid to know that. I want everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well. And what’s why I will not just shut up and dribble.”

Oklahoma City forward Paul George defended James’ right to speak out.

“We’re just part of what’s going on in this world, what’s going on in this society just as much as anybody else,” George said. “We’re fathers, we’re sons, we’re brothers, we’ve got family to look after and we’re connected just as deeply in this as anybody else is.

“So, for someone to go out and say stick to dribbling a basketball, that’s pretty ignorant, that just goes to show you where we are at as a country right now.”

James went on to thank Ingraham, even as he said he didn’t know her name.

“The best thing she did is gone and help me create more awareness, so I appreciate her for even giving me even more awareness for me to sit up here on the greatest weekend of the NBA (season),” he said. “This is the best weekend in the NBA, where all the countries in the entire world come watch the greatest players in the world … and I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice and equality and why a woman on a certain network told me to shut up and dribble.

“So, thank you, whatever her name is. I appreciate it. No one knows, and that’s perfect, because I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important and how I can help change kids, not only in America, but in Brazil, but in England and in Mexico and all over. So, thank you.”

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