Kuzma clearly feels that Anthony Davis should have won Defensive Player of the Year, but he lost out to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The same might take place with the MVP award, with Antetokounmpo likely to beat James for the trophy.
Kuzma is backing a teammate. We know that. Giannis is also a star who was the unquestioned leader of the Bucks as they led the Eastern Conference. The Bucks star averaged a career-high 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers made per game, outpacing James in every statistical category except assists. The Bucks also had a better record than the Lakers.
Yes, their playoff run was a huge disappointment, but MVP is a regular season award.
LeBron James took blame for committing too many turnovers in the Los Angeles Lakers’ Game 1 loss to the Houston Rockets on Friday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The Lakers lost to the Rockets 112-97 to fall behind 1-0 in their Western Conference semifinals series. James had just 20 points in 37 minutes and was a -15. He committed four turnovers in the game, which tied Rajon Rondo for the most on the team.
“We can’t turn the ball over like that. That starts with myself,” James said after the game, via Mark Medina.
Not only did James have the turnovers, but Rondo was rusty in his first game action since March. He was 3/9 shooting for eight points.
James also went scoreless in the entire fourth quarter.
This Rockets team is a tough squad to contend with. They play a fast, small lineup and create turnovers, while shooting a ton of threes and getting James Harden to the free throw line. The Lakers will have to make adjustments to keep up with Houston’s speed.
True, James could have just been wearing the cap for the fashion or to show support for his city’s baseball team. But with James about to begin a series against the Rockets, the cap very well might have been a subtle dig at the Houston Astros, who cheated the Dodgers out of the 2017 World Series.
Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do! Listen here baseball commissioner listen to your…..
Granted, James was not yet a Laker when the Astros-Dodgers World Series took place. He has also openly rooted for other MLB teams before. Still, the timing here simply seems to good to be completely coincidental.
Former NBA player Richard Jefferson compared Giannis Antetokounmpo to Scottie Pippen on Wednesday night, and the ensuing commentary has spiraled a bit out of control.
With the Milwaukee Bucks losing the first two games of their series against the Miami Heat, Jefferson wondered out loud if Antetokounmpo might be unable to win an NBA title without a superstar teammate. Jefferson said that, like Scottie Pippen, Giannis may need a Michael Jordan.
Not surprisingly, Pippen disagreed with the comparison. He complimented Antetokounmpo for being an NBA MVP and said the two are their own players. He then took a shot at Jefferson. To Jefferson’s credit, he took the swipe in stride.
It didn’t end there. Former NBA point guard Jay Williams also got involved, saying there would be nothing wrong with Giannis needing another superstar to win a championship. Williams pointed out that LeBron James never won a ring until he teamed up with Dwyane Wade.
So LeBron was a Pippen with D Wade once. Nothing wrong with that until you get over the hump. https://t.co/exAjQ3uOW4
LeBron didn’t appreciate being dragged into the debate. We edited his response for profanity.
“Explain to me what the f— I gotta do with this subject matter! I’m over here minding my damn business preparing for Houston,” LeBron wrote. “And by the way I ain’t never been nobody but my damn self! S—!”
It seems like LeBron took that a bit personally, because Williams was obviously just trying to stick up for Giannis. If LeBron’s recent remarks about the NBA bubble are any indication, he’s probably feeling a bit more stressed than usual lately.
The NBA’s bubble environment can be difficult for all of its participants, even The King.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James told reporters this weekend that he often thinks about leaving the bubble.
“I’ve had numerous nights and days thinking about leaving the bubble,” said James, according to Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. “I think everyone has, including you [media] guys. I don’t think, it’s not one person a mind that says, ‘I’ve gotta get the hell out of here.’ It probably crosses my mind about once a day.”
James is coming from a very understandable and a very human standpoint. The NBA bubble is now at its 50th day, and that is more than enough to give anyone cabin fever. It must be especially so with everything going on in the world right now and with the participants away from their families.
LeBron James has been battling opponents on the court for decades and fighting off the hair gods the last several years as well.
Fans and observers have noticed for years that James has a receding hairline that he continues to cover up. On Saturday, James’ hair looked especially thin in spots, and viewers were all over it with the memes, commenting on the shape it yielded.
LeBron James spoke with President Obama for advice this week, according to a report.
James walked out of the meeting between NBA players on Wednesday night and spoke with the former U.S. president. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Obama advised the players to play. Chris Paul and a few others who joined James on the call reportedly hoped to have Obama involved in their committee for player action.
According to Charania, James supported the Milwaukee Bucks’ decision not to play on Wednesday, but he wanted to know what the plan and outcome was.
After Wednesday’s day of games being canceled due to the players striking, NBA players met on Thursday. The players agreed to continue playing, and the playoff schedule will resume on Saturday. James reportedly was silent during that meeting.
LeBron James is typically one of the most outspoken players in sports when it comes to social issues, but we haven’t heard a whole lot from the Los Angeles Lakers star since three days of playoff games were postponed. It’s possible LeBron is irritated with how things are being handled, but apparently his behavior has been a source of frustration for some of his peers.
James reportedly walked out of a meeting on Wednesday night that took place after the Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott their game. Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that LeBron supported the Bucks and the boycott, but he was bothered by players and the league having no set plan for how to proceed. LeBron felt better about where things stood the next day, so he was more vocal during a meeting on Thursday. However, he may not have done a great job of expressing his feelings.
According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, some younger players were bothered by how LeBron spoke to them during Wednesday’s meeting before he abruptly left.
Stephen A Smith says LeBron James left players and owners 'turned off'
"He was speaking out of pocket and was talking to players in a fashion that really turned some of these young cats off . . . He came across as if he was the King with some crown."
“The younger generation of players were not having what they were hearing from LeBron James because of the fashion in which he spoke to them,” Smith said. “When he stormed out, I was told it was, in part, because of that. He sort of came off like, ‘I got mine, I don’t need this,’ and walked out.”
Then on Thursday, Smith says LeBron “turned everybody off” when he gave a long-winded speech at the end of a meeting that everyone thought was in the books.
“When everybody thought the meeting was over, LeBron James grabs the mic and, from what I’m told, talks for about 15 minutes,” Smith said. “He’s talking for about 15 minutes in a fashion that turned everybody off because they had already agreed to what they were going to do moving forward. He was talking about ‘the guys beneath me — I have to look out for the guys beneath me.’ … He came across as if he was the king with some crown.”
None of this is a good look for LeBron. At a time when players are trying to show they are unified, the reports about LeBron make it seem like he is adamant about being the center of attention.
NBA players met on Thursday morning and came to the decision that they want to continue with the season, but apparently they did not hear a whole lot from the most influential player in the game.
Jeff Goodman of Stadium was told by a player who attended the meeting that all players in attendance agreed they want to resume the playoffs. The player complimented the job NBA Players Association president Chris Paul and vice president Andre Iguodala did in leading the discussions. Perhaps the most surprising report is that LeBron James did not speak at all during the meeting.
Source: LeBron James did not say one word during the meeting.
It seems hard to believe that LeBron would say nothing at all. He’s the most powerful voice in the NBA, and he is typically very outspoken in these types of situations. His supposed silence could indicate he is frustrated with the way things have been handled, though Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports that LeBron agreed it is in the league’s best interest to finish the season. Haynes was also told there was significant frustration on Wednesday night with players not being on the same page.
Yahoo Sources: Significant source of frustration in meeting last night stemmed from players not being on the same page and emotions got the best of some. The hope from the collective was after a good night’s sleep, they could reconvene and get it to this point. Playoffs are back.
Damian Lillard seems to be calling b.s. on a report about LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard.
The Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner reported on Wednesday night that James and Leonard spoke at the NBA players’ meeting and were adamant about not playing the rest of the NBA playoffs.
Sources: Lakers forward LeBron James and Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard both spoke up in the players meeting Wednesday night and were adamant about not playing the rest of the playoffs and they wanted change. The players will have another meeting at 11 am East time Thursday.