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Jeanie Buss explains her cryptic Kobe Bryant tweet

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Nov 20, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers President Jeanie Buss before the game against the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center. Bulls won 118-110. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss sparked some speculation recently with a tweet about Kobe Bryant that some saw as a criticism of LeBron James. Now, Buss is making clear that no message was intended.

Buss wrote on Twitter earlier in the month how much she missed Bryant, adding that the Lakers legend “understood team over self.” Some saw this as a criticism of James, who has significant influence over the Lakers’ roster decisions and player additions.

In an interview with Mark Medina of NBA.com, Buss explained that her tweet had nothing to do with James, and she was simply in a reflective mood when she sent it.

“No. It was that my heart was full of sadness,” Buss said. “You look to people surrounding you that feel the same way to commiserate. That’s all it was. It wasn’t intended at anything other than I had sorrow in my heart and I was trying to lighten my load.”

Buss’ explanation does check out. Still, she probably should have seen the questions coming, especially since James is reportedly pushing the Lakers to add one of his former teammates. A comment about “team over self” could certainly be seen as critical in that context.

LeBron James tries to backtrack on absurd Brittney Griner comments

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is trying to backpedal on his absurd comments about Brittney Griner.

Griner has been detained in Russia for nearly five months after being caught with drugs at the airport. She recently pleaded guilty to the charges, supposedly as part of a plan to return home in some sort of prisoner swap.

James commented on the matter on an upcoming episode of his HBO show “The Shop.”

James questioned whether Griner would even want to return to America after they have taken so long to help get her out of the country.

“Now, how could she feel like America has her back?” LeBron asked. “I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?’”

James received criticism for his comments and tried to clarify on Twitter later Tuesday.

“My comments on ‘The Shop’ regarding Brittney Griner wasn’t knocking our beautiful country. I was simply saying how she’s probably feeling emotionally along with so many other emotions, thoughts, etc inside that cage she’s been in for over 100+ days! Long story short #BringHerHome,” James tweeted.

James sounds every bit as bad with these comments as he did with his comments on Daryl Morey and Hong Kong.

Griner has been begging to get back to America. You think she prefers being held in a foreign country against her will over what would be considered an extremely minor violation in the United States? And somehow James thinks Griner would/should prefer that situation over the freedom and rights people have in America?

If James thinks America is so undesirable for not giving Griner even more favorable treatment compared to the average detainee, he should offer to swap places with her. Then maybe he would reevaluate his stance.

Carmelo Anthony says there is 1 big difference between him and LeBron James

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Nov 27, 2019; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward Carmelo Anthony (00) warms up prior to tip off against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Though they once took a banana boat trip together, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James are not the same.

Speaking with ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth at Summer League, Carmelo said that he has no interest in pulling a LeBron and sticking around in the NBA long enough to play with son Kiyan.

“No, no, I do not,” said Carmelo when asked if he plans to team up with his son. “I think it will be time for me to pass [Kiyan] the torch. I would just rather pass him the torch when that time comes.”

LeBron, who is close friends with Carmelo and was teammates with him on the Los Angeles Lakers last year, has openly stated that he would like to play with eldest son Bronny in the NBA. But while LeBron is 37 and Bronny is 17, the age gap is more pronounced between Carmelo (38) and Kiyan (15). That means it may not be realistically feasible for Carmelo to stick around for that long, especially since his future is already uncertain as he remains unsigned.

Kiyan may potentially have a shot at the league, as he has looked impressive on film for a few years now. But it looks like there will never be an Anthony-Anthony tandem in the NBA (even if there may eventually be a James-James one).

LeBron James offers seemingly absurd take on Brittney Griner

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia for nearly five months, and LeBron James feels the United States government has not done enough to bring her home.

In a preview for the upcoming episode of HBO’s “The Shop,” LeBron is shown sharing some of his thoughts on the Griner situation. While it will be interesting to hear the full context when the episode airs Friday, James questioned whether Griner should want to return to the U.S. at all.

“Now, how could she feel like America has her back?” LeBron asked. “I would be feeling like, ‘Do I even want to go back to America?'”

That is probably only a portion of what LeBron had to say about the topic, but HBO chose that snippet for a reason. And if James genuinely believes that Griner should be questioning whether it is in her best interests to return to the U.S., that seems just plain absurd.

The U.S. government has been working with the Russian government on a possible resolution with Griner. That is reportedly the main reason Griner pleaded guilty to drug charges last week. The White House had released a statement the day before saying they are working on bringing Griner home. All of that probably happened before LeBron made his remarks.

Regardless, the Los Angeles Lakers star sounds out of touch. If he thinks Griner would be better off in a different country, which one? Some would argue that Griner is receiving special treatment from the U.S. government after she admitted to breaking the law in another country. Is LeBron suggesting Griner should prefer to live in a country where you can be detained for months over a simple drug violation?

James is not the only person who has sounded off on Griner’s behalf, but that snippet of his comments seemed asinine.

Ex-LeBron James teammate explains in viral video why LeBron is not the GOAT

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

For one retired NBA great, LeBron James may have been his teammate but is certainly not his GOAT.

Hall of Fame sharpshooter Ray Allen was the subject of a viral video this weekend. In the video, Allen gave a counterargument to a young fan who said that James is the greatest player of all-time.

“Is he a great free-throw shooter?” Allen asked about James. “Is he a great three-point shooter? Is he a great dribbler?

“So you’re saying [LeBron is] the GOAT and he ain’t even the greatest in all them categories,” Allen went on. “Think about it.”

Here is the video, originally posted by @appleheadweeks on Twitter.

While James’ name wasn’t specifically mentioned in the clip, Tyriek Weeks, who appears to be the youngster in the video, shared the moment on TikTok with the caption, “Ray Allen on why LeBron isn’t the GOAT.”

Allen’s logic seems a bit arbitrary though. Players such as Steph Curry, Larry Bird, and Kevin Durant might satisfy that definition of being the GOAT. But neither Michael Jordan (at least when it comes to three-point shooting and arguably dribbling) nor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would meet Allen’s criteria either. Those are the two players most commonly mentioned in GOAT debates along with James.

Still, that is Allen’s personal opinion, and it probably isn’t meant as a knock on James, whom Allen played two seasons with on the Miami Heat from 2012 to 2014. After all, another of James’ other former Heat teammates does not think that he is the GOAT either.

H/T NBA Reddit

LeBron James went viral for bringing snack to Summer League game

LeBron James looking on

Jan 21, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) against the Orlando Magic during the first quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is believed to have recently become the second NBA player ever to reach billionaire status. But even he apparently still has limits to what he’ll spend his hard-earned cash on.

On Friday, James attended the Los Angeles Lakers’ Summer League loss against the Phoenix Suns at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Sitting in the front row courtside, James looked to be eating a snack from a plastic bag that he had apparently brought to the game from home.

While the snack that James came to the game with isn’t known for sure, a video of James via NBA TV’s Twitter account seems to show James munching on what looks like a mixture of nuts and possibly seeds.

Concession prices at sporting events have gotten pretty expensive over the years, but James may have wanted to bring a healthier option than the calorie-packed hot dogs, nachos and pizza that most venues sell. James is somewhat notorious for his frugal spending, and one former teammate even referred to James as the cheapest NBA star to vacation with.

Perhaps James is trying to save as much money as possible so that he can pursue one post-playing career goal.

LeBron James’ son Bryce looks massive in new photos

Bryce James in a T-shirt

Bryce James shoots baskets as LeBron has some halftime advice for his oldest son Bronny in a AAU game at LeBron James Arena on Friday, July 2, 2021 in Akron, Ohio. Credit: PHIL MASTURZO via Imagn Content Services, LLC

LeBron James may not be the tallest member of his family for much longer.

On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers star shared some pictures of his teenage son Bryce at an AAU event over the weekend. In one shot, Bryce looked huge as he got his arm up above the rim for a dunk.

Another shot of Bryce standing next to his father at the event also sparked major buzz. In the photo, Bryce looked only a little bit shorter than the 6-foot-9 LeBron.

Here is what Bryce looked like in uniform during a recent game.

Bryce, who is the younger of LeBron’s two sons, only turned 15 years old a few weeks ago. He is an incoming sophomore at Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, Calif. and plays the guard position. With those eye-opening pictures, it is easy to see why Bryce has gotten the recent hype that he has.

LeBron James reacts to viral Bronny James dunk video

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James reacted on social media this week to a big dunk by his son, Bronny, that went viral.

Bronny played in an AAU showcase event called “The Battle” this past weekend. On Monday, Hoop Central re-posted a video of Bronny’s ferocious dunk to their Twitter page. In the video, Bronny was seen throwing down a vicious right-handed dunk, while his dad was on the bench dressed in a neon shirt. Rayvon Griffith, Bronny’s teammate with their AAU club “The Blue Chips,” slammed down another big dunk in the video that got LeBron out of his chair as well.

On Twitter Monday, LeBron quote-tweeted the video with seven “triumph” emojis.

The showcase took place at LeBron James’ alma-mater at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio.

In a different game during the same showcase, Bronny had an emphatic block that resembled many blocks that his father has made over the years.

According to 247 Sports, Bronny is the 47th-ranked player in the class of 2023 and the 12th-ranked player in the state of California. His top four college choices are all true blue blood programs: Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Bronny will be eligible to enter the NBA Draft as early as 2024. In doing so, he could fulfill a longstanding wish of his dad.

Brittney Griner’s coach sounds off on Russian detainment

Brittney Griner smiles

Mar 12, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner in attendance of the Phoenix Suns game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Mercury and WNBA star Brittney Griner has been detained in Russia since February, and Mercury head coach Vanessa Nygaard has apparently had enough.

Griner, a seven-time WNBA All-Star, plays in Russia during the WNBA offseason for UMMC Ekaterinburg. She has been detained in the country after being arrested on drug charges. Griner had a letter sent to President Joe Biden Monday via her representatives that expressed her fears over not being able to return to the United States.

While speaking to reporters Monday, Nygaard suggsted that if Griner were one of the NBA’s biggest stars, she’d have gotten to return to the United States by now.

“If it was LeBron, he’d be home, right?” Nygaard said. “It’s a statement about the value of women. It’s a statement about the value of a black person. It’s a statement about the value of a gay person. All of those. We know it.”

Nygaard was talking about NBA star LeBron James, who is also black, which runs countrary to part of Nygaard’s argument.

Griner has received support from various NBA players, including Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul and multiple Boston Celtics players. Ahead of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, some Boston players wore T-shirts with the message “We are BG.” The shirts also had a QR code linking to a petition calling for Griner’s return home.

Report: LeBron James ‘rooting hard’ for Lakers to land 1 star player

LeBron James in a purple Lakers sweater

Dec 9, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) warms-up prior to the game against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The idea of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James reuniting in Los Angeles is one that has been floated for weeks, and all indications are that both players are in favor of it.

NBA reporter Marc Stein wrote in his latest league roundup that LeBron is “rooting hard” for the Lakers to acquire Irving from the Brooklyn Nets. Stein was told by sources that James has made it no secret that he wants to play with Irving again.

“James, I’m told, wants to see Irving in Lakerland more than anyone,” Stein wrote, via Bleacher Report’s Rob Goldberg.

That is significant, especially for those who believe LeBron is the de facto general manager of the Lakers. James is also entering the final season of his contract, so one line of thinking is that L.A. will have extra motivation to keep him happy so he signs an extension.

The Nets and Lakers have reportedly discussed a swap of Irving and Russell Westbrook. Other players would have to be involved in the deal.

Westbrook did not look like a good fit with James and Anthony Davis last season. The Lakers would undoubtedly like to trade him, but the 33-year-old is owed $47.1 million next year. Irving is owed $37 million. There has not been a huge market for Kyrie, but two new teams are said to be pursuing him.