The tweet from Trump, which many on social media have pointed out has racial undertones, comes on the heels of the newly minted member of the Los Angeles Lakers criticizing the reality television star during an interview with Don Lemon on CNN.
LeBron James has opened his school named "I Promise" to 240 third and fourth graders in his hometown Akron, Ohio.
National Basketball Association player Karl-Anthony Towns added in a tweet: "So let me get this straight: Flint, MI has dirty water still, but you anxious about an interview about a man doing good for education and generations of kids in his hometown?"
The first lady's office was asked by news organizations [sic] for comment.
This is not the first time Melania Trump has publicly expressed views or taken action that demonstrated an independent streak, CNN reported. In 2013, he congratulated James on winning Athlete of the Year at the ESPYs and "a great guy".
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) reacts after a play against the Boston Celtics in game six of the Eastern conference finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. The statement read: "I support LJ, he's doing an unbelievable job for his community".
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On Saturday, Jordan weighed in, telling NBC through a spokesman: "I support LJ".
CNN's communications team referenced recent reports that Trump grew enraged when first lady Melania Trump watched CNN aboard Air Force One.
There have been reports of a rift between Trump and his First Lady, who have had to contend with allegations he cheated on her with porn star Stormy Daniels and others.
He also argued that Mr Trump's actions had encouraged racists, saying: "I think [racism's] always been there". Trump's former rival Hillary Clinton backed James as a "great family man" and "incredible ballplayer" who "gives back to his community, and isn't afraid to speak his mind".
The gay news anchor fired back, tweeting, "Who's the real dummy?" In the interview, James accused the president of using sports to drive people apart.