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LeBron James rips NBA for having All-Star Game

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LeBron James was critical of the NBA for moving forward with plans to host an All-Star Game this season.

The NBA is finalizing plans to hold an All-Star Game on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The league would also hold a skills competition as part of the 5-day break in the season.

Some players feel holding the All-Star Game is an unnecessary risk. James is part of that crowd and also feels the league misled the players about having an All-Star Game.

Despite complaining, James says he plans to be at the All-Star Weekend physically, even if he is not there mentally.

The players association has agreed to the game, but James isn’t alone among his peers in criticizing the game.

James leads all Western Conference players in the first All-Star voting returns and is second overall to Kevin Durant.

Kevin Love shares funny story about LeBron James warning Cavs

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Kevin Love shared a funny story recently about LeBron James’ big game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James scored a season-high 46 points in his Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-108 win over Love’s Cavs on Jan. 25. James was ignited by a reaction from a Cavs exec, who celebrated James missing a shot at the end of the third quarter.

But Love recalled another moment from the game that stood out to him.

Love visited with the “Road Trippin” show for an episode published on Monday. In the episode, Love recalled a story of how LeBron warned the Cavs not to “gap” him with their defense. Sure enough, the Cavs gapped him on the play, which led Love (who was on the bench due to injury), to throw his hands up in disgust.

James made them pay.

James had his issues with Love when they were teammates, but that time has long passed. Now James feels comfortable talking to Love during games like an old buddy.

‘Courtside Karen’ fan issues apology over LeBron James incident

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The fan that social media has christened as “Courtside Karen” is now backpedaling real quick after her incident with LeBron James during Monday’s game.

Juliana Carlos took to Instagram on Tuesday to apologize for the episode that saw her get ejected from her courtside seat at the Los Angeles Lakers-Atlanta Hawks game.

“About last night,” Carlos wrote in the post. “To say things escalated quickly at yesterday’s game is an understatement, and I want to apologize for losing my cool and removing my mask in the heat of the moment. My husband is a huge sports fan and we’re passionate people, and let’s be real: sports wouldn’t be sports without a little trash-talking.

“What should have been a quick back-and-forth between two adults got out of hand and my natural instinct to stand up for the man I love kicked in,” she continued. “Did I get defensive when that happened? Yes. Did I use offensive language when I could have taken the higher road? Yes. And for these things, I take full responsibility.”

Carlos caused a brief stoppage to the game when she got into it with James in the fourth quarter. She claimed that the four-time MVP cursed out her and her husband, who was seated next to her. Carlos also took on a much more combative tone on Instagram immediately after her ejection.

For James, he had a funny reaction to the incident on Twitter afterwards. Now it looks like Carlos just wants to take her L and move on.

LeBron James sends funny Twitter response about fan after incident

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LeBron James sent a funny response on Twitter Monday after his altercation with a fan during his Los Angeles Lakers’ 107-99 win over the Atlanta Hawks.

Two fans sitting courtside for the game were ejected during the fourth quarter. The woman involved in the incident, Juliana Carlos, issued a video response to the ejection. James said after the game that he didn’t think the ejection was deserved.

Even if he didn’t think the altercation called for an ejection, that doesn’t mean James didn’t enjoy taking a jab at the fan’s expense. He referred to Carlos as “Courtside Karen.”

James said after the game that he and Juliana’s husband Chris were getting into it. Juliana later jumped in to defend her husband. The officials heard things and ejected the fans.

Maybe with so few fans in attendance, it’s easier for the refs to spot and single out the ones getting into fights with athletes.

LeBron James says fans should not have been ejected for altercation

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LeBron James does not think the fans who were ejected in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Lakers should have been tossed.

A few fans sitting courtside for the Lakers’ 107-99 victory at Atlanta were tossed after an altercation with James. The woman involved in the altercation, Juliana Carlos, defended herself in a video seen here.

She felt it was ridiculous to get ejected, and James seemed to agree. He also said he enjoys having fans back at games.

“I’m happy that fans are back in the building. I miss that interaction. I need that interaction. We as players need that interaction. I don’t think it was warranted to be kicked out. There was a back-and-forth between two grown men, and we said our piece. He said his piece, I said my piece. And then someone else jumped into it and said their piece,” James said after the game.

James believes the incident happening in front of the refs is what led to the ejection.

“I don’t think they should have been kicked out. But they might have had a couple of drinks maybe. I think the referees did what they had to do.

“I don’t want to say he went overboard,” James said of the fan, Chris Carlos, “but he went a little bit out of bounds. Too close for comfort to me. And I said my piece. And we could have moved on, but I think it was so close to the officials, and it kind of got blown out of proportion.”

James was also asked whether he felt the fans taking their masks off during the ejection posed a safety risk. He said he did not feel a risk as a player, but noted the fans nearby could have felt differently.

All in all, James enjoys having fans.

“I love our fans. Fans in the stands is just better, better for everybody.”

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel felt differently and believes it was inappropriate to have fans taking their masks off and shouting at players.

LeBron’s comments seem to mesh with what the woman said on Instagram. She felt the ejection was not deserved, and James didn’t either.

Woman issues video response after ejection for altercation with LeBron James

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A woman who was ejected from Monday’s Los Angeles Lakers-Atlanta Hawks game for an altercation with LeBron James issued a video response.

The Lakers won 107-99, but the game was paused in the fourth quarter as the fans were ejected.

The woman who was ejected posted a video response on Instagram. She acknowledged her husband Chris “has an issue with LeBron.” She says she was ejected for doing nothing more than defending her husband from James’ threats.

Her videos contain profanity, so beware if you watch them.

The woman, Juliana Carlos, thought it was pathetic of James to get rattled by a 25-year-old woman. She also claims James called her a “b-tch” multiple times.

James has previously said he enjoys playing with fans present, but he didn’t seem to enjoy it in this instance.

Joel Embiid accuses LeBron James of receiving special treatment on foul

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Joel Embiid thinks LeBron James received preferential treatment after committing a hard foul on Wednesday night.

James pushed Embiid as the Philadelphia 76ers big man was going up for a dunk in the third quarter of their game. Embiid landed hard on his back and was on the ground in pain.

James showed little remorse for the move after Embiid went down. He also escaped being called for a flagrant 2 foul, which would have triggered an automatic ejection.

Embiid feels if the situation were reversed, he would have been ejected.

James stayed in most of the game and finished with 34 points, six rebounds and six assists. Embiid played 38 minutes and finished with 28 points.

Embiid could be right, and if anyone would get special treatment, it’s probably James. Embiid is known for having beefs with various players, but he’s always seemed to be on a good basis with James. This foul may change things.

David Griffin: LeBron James makes you an instant Finals contender

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David Griffin has seen first-hand the type of impact LeBron James can have on a franchise, and the New Orleans Pelicans executive feels there is no other player in the NBA who can do what King James does.

Griffin, who was the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers when LeBron led the team to an NBA title, told the Ringer this week that James is the only player in the NBA who makes a team a championship contender by himself.

“I’ve never really been able to say unequivocally ‘go flip the switch,’” Griffin said. “LeBron is the only player in the NBA whose presence alone makes you a Finals contender. So when LeBron came back to Cleveland, it was time to rock and roll.”

You can understand why Griffin would feel that way, though it is not entirely accurate. Just look at the Los Angeles Lakers, who didn’t even make the playoffs in LeBron’s first season with the team. It wasn’t until the Lakers paired Anthony Davis with LeBron that they were able to win a title.

NBA stars need help to win, and LeBron is no exception. He certainly puts any team in the Finals conversation, but there’s a reason he has reached the Finals 10 times and won four championships. The supporting cast simply wasn’t good enough more than half the time he reached the Finals.

Griffin made headlines over a year ago when he appeared to question LeBron’s desire to win, so perhaps he is simply making up for that.

Bulls rookie says LeBron James was calling out their plays ahead of time

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LeBron James’ dazzling basketball mind was on display again this weekend.

James and the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 101-90 win over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. After the game, Bulls rookie Patrick Williams said that the four-time MVP was calling out some of their plays ahead of time.

“You can tell he watches a lot of film,” Williams said of James, per Cody Westerlund of 670 The Score.

James, who recently turned 36, is now in his 18th NBA campaign. It is clear though that his work ethic has not waned at all, especially with his averages of 23.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game this season.

In fact, James has even pulled the same tricks in the playoffs against more experienced teams. He is a player who always thinks two steps ahead of his opponent, and that helps make up for whatever athleticism (albeit very little) that James has lost with age.

Rockets coach did not like LeBron James’ disrespectful act

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Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas did not enjoy LeBron James’ disrespectful act during Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

James’ Lakers were up big early against the Rockets and won 117-100. They were up by around 20 in the second quarter when James attempted a 3-pointer from the corner. Before the shot got to the basket, James turned his back on the ball to face his teammates. He was prematurely celebrating because he believed the ball was going in.

Silas found that to be disrespectful and said it “doesn’t feel good at all.”

There are some players with the Rockets who would want to send a message after something like that. But the hard part is their star player isn’t invested and wants out.