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#pounditTuesday, December 7, 2021

LeBron James has response for those who say he is too friendly with opponents

LeBron James

LeBron James had a message for those who say he is too friendly with his opponents.

James had a triple-double (34 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists) in his Los Angeles Lakers’ 122-114 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night. He prevailed over Zion Williamson, who had 35 points for the Pelicans. The two were trading buckets and seemed to inspire one another.

The two players held a long embrace on the court after the game, which led to a line of questioning about their friendship.

“Anybody that says that ‘LeBron, why would he do that while he’s playing? It’s a sign of weakness — he’s buddy-buddy with the guys thath he’s going against.’ Tell them to kiss my a–. With a smile, too!” James said after the game.

James declined to tell the media what he said to Zion after the game. But his performance on the court does seem to send a message that he can take it to an opponent during a game while still being friendly with them afterwards.

James has now faced the top two picks in the 2019 NBA Draft in consecutive games and has helped bring out some great performances from both of them.


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