LeBron James donates $2.5 million to Muhammad Ali exhibition

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Even a superstar like LeBron James has his idols. As one of the greatest of all-time to ever play basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers star's hero - like many people of his generation and beyond - is Muhammed Ali.

The legacy of the former World Heavyweight champion will live on forever, and James has played his part with a recent $2.5 million donation to an upcoming Ali exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

"Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change" is the name of the exhibit.

Speaking to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports: "Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring - what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanour."

Back in June, after Ali's death at the age of 74, James said: "The reason why he's the GOAT is not because of what he did in the ring, which was unbelievable.

"It's what he did outside of the ring, what he believed in, what he stood for, along with Jim Brown and Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor - obviously, who became Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) - Bill Russell, Jackie Robinson.

"Those guys stood for something. He's part of the reason why African-Americans today can do what we do in the sports world. We're free. They allow us to have access to anything we want. It's because of what they stood for, and Muhammad Ali was definitely the pioneer for that."

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