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Creator of hit Netflix series takes shot at LeBron James over criticism

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

After scoring a smash hit TV series on Netflix, Hwang Dong-hyuk can now add a dunk on LeBron James to his stat sheet for 2021 as well.

Dong-hyuk, the creator of the wildly popular show “Squid Game,” spoke this week with Stuart Jefferies of The Guardian. In the interview, Dong-hyuk got in a dig at the Los Angeles Lakers star James, who had told reporters earlier this month that he did not like the ending of the show. He took a couple of hilarious shots at James, including a swipe at James’ own film career.

“Have you seen ‘Space Jam 2’?” joked Dong-hyuk. “LeBron James is cool and can say what he wants. I respect that. I’m very thankful he watched the whole series. But I wouldn’t change my ending. That’s my ending.

“If he has his own ending that would satisfy him, maybe he could make his own sequel,” Dong-hyuk went on. “I’ll check it out and maybe send him a message saying, ‘I liked your whole show, except the ending.’”

Dong-hyuk is definitely speaking from a position of strength. “Squid Game,” which was just released in September, has everyone talking and has already become Netflix’s most-watched series of all-time. Meanwhile, “Space Jam 2” barely broke even on its budget and was panned by fans and critics alike.

James still seemed pretty pleased with his work despite all the criticism. The same can be said of Dong-hyuk as well … even if James seems to be the only one speaking negatively about his show.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James’ ankle is still cause for concern?

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

LeBron James’ ankle injury derailed his 2020-21 season, and now there are some indications that the Los Angeles Lakers star is still not fully over it.

The Lakers added James to the injury report for Tuesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs with soreness in his right ankle. It is the same one where James suffered a high-ankle sprain last March, costing him 20-plus games.

Lakers reporter Mike Trudell notes that James referenced the ankle after Sunday’s win over Memphis. The four-time MVP collided with Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane in the second quarter. He was down for several seconds but was able to finish the game without issue.

At almost 37 years old with over 60,000 career minutes already under his belt, it makes sense that James might not heal as quickly and may be more prone to reaggravation. He did only manage to score a season-low 19 points on 7-for-19 from the field against the Grizzlies despite the Laker victory.

We know that the Lakers entered the season already wanting to limit James’ workload. Any flare-up in his troublesome right ankle will only add to their concerns about The King.

LeBron James takes aim at trolls dissing Dwyane Wade’s son

LeBron James in his Lakers uniform

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are family, having won two NBA titles in addition to posing on a banana boat together. Now James is going after the trolls targeting Wade’s son Zaire.

The Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s G League affiliate, selected the 19-year-old Zaire in the G League draft this weekend. While the pick made for a cool moment, many trolls clowned the move because Zaire was only a three-star prospect and because his father is a part-owner of the Jazz.

James responded to the haters via his Instagram Story on Saturday.

“Proud of you nephew,” wrote James of Zaire. “Keep going and F the haters. They ain’t [poop emoji] anyway.”

“Love to see it,” James wrote in a subsequent post. “Proud of my nephew journey because he traveled it his way. Happy as hell for my brother DWade cause I know how much he want to see it happen 4 him on his own terms! Black excellence you haters!!”

Zaire will play this season for the Stars in the hopes of improving his game as well as his NBA draft stock for 2022.

Of course, it is not surprising to see James come out in Zaire’s defense. Zaire and James’ son Bronny are close friends and even teamed up in high school.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Video: LeBron James dissed Suns player during blowout loss

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LeBron James was not having any bit of the trash talk that a Phoenix Suns player sent his way during Friday’s blowout loss.

A clip of James chirping at Suns guard Cam Payne from the bench went viral this weekend. In the video, which you can see here, James told Payne, “Stay humble. You was at home a year-and-a-half ago, now you wanna pop off?”

The clip appears to have been from the third quarter, in which the Lakers fell behind by as many as 32 points. James still had a team-high 25 points in the loss, which dropped the Lakers to 0-2 on the season. Meanwhile, Payne finished with just four points in 19 minutes off the bench.

While the Lakers got charbroiled on Friday, you certainly can’t accuse James of not knowing his stuff. Payne was indeed out of the NBA playing in the G League a year-and-a-half ago before signing with the Suns. Thus, this has to be James’ best clapback since the one we saw in Chicago a couple years ago.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Browns RB had cool reaction to getting shoutout from LeBron James

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Cleveland Browns running back D’Ernest Johnson had the best game of his career on Thursday night, and his stellar play earned him props from one of the greatest athletes of all time. The shoutout almost left Johnson speechless.

Johnson got 24 touches in the Browns’ 17-14 win over the Denver Broncos. The opportunity to play a huge role arose after both Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt were ruled out with injuries. Johnson made the most of it, rushing for 146 yards and a score. He also had 22 receiving yards. LeBron James was impressed.

A reporter informed Johnson after the game that LeBron had tweeted about him. The 25-year-old had a great reaction.

Johnson is a young player who is only in his third NFL season. Sure, he’s a pro athlete, but you can understand why someone in his position would be giddy about getting a shoutout from LeBron.

LeBron, of course, is from Ohio. He went out of his way to attend a Browns game earlier this season.

LeBron James has message for Russell Westbrook after rough Lakers debut

Russell Westbrook warming up

Russell Westbrook looked a lot more like Russell Worstbrook during his Los Angeles Lakers debut on Tuesday. One of his star teammates is encouraging him to keep his head up though.

After the Lakers fell to the Golden State Warriors in their season opener, LeBron James revealed his message for Westbrook, who had an awful game.

“I told Russ to go home and watch a comedy,” said James, per ESPN’s Dave McMemanin. “Do something that can put a smile on his face. He’s so hard on himself. I told him, ‘Don’t be so hard on yourself. It’s one game.'”

Though James and Anthony Davis both dropped 30 points each, Westbrook had significantly less success on Tuesday. He scored just eight points on 4-for-13 from the field and posted a team-worst plus-minus of -23 in a seven-point loss. Westbrook also had four turnovers and missed all four of his three-point attempts.

The former MVP Westbrook has always played the role of either Batman or Robin to this point of his NBA career. Now that he has to be the Alfred to James and Davis, some growing pains are to be expected. But Westbrook was equally terrible in the preseason, so there might be some reason for concern if he does not round into form soon.

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Photo: Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James will have his workload scaled back this season?

LeBron James

Though it may not seem like it at times, LeBron James is a soon-to-be 37-year-old entering his 19th season in the NBA. The workload that the Los Angeles Lakers give him this season could ultimately reflect that.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel told reporters on Monday that the team will manage James’ workload on a “day to day” basis this year and that he does not envision the four-time MVP playing in all 82 games. Vogel also said that he would like to limit James to about 34 minutes a night overall.

James played in 45 of 72 contests last season, averaging 33.4 minutes per game. But much of that was due to the high-ankle sprain he suffered in March and subsequent reintegration period.

Even if James is now fully healthy and coming off the longest offseason of his career, the Lakers will continue to be conservative with his workload. Adding Russell Westbrook as another primary playmaker should help them accomplish that goal. Rest assured, James still seems to be getting plenty of run elsewhere too.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has lofty praise for new Lakers teammate

LeBron James

One new Los Angeles Laker has LeBron James throwing on his Davy Jones wig and singing “I’m A Believer.”

James had high praise for Lakers rookie Austin Reaves after Thursday’s preseason loss to the Sacramento Kings. The 22-year-old guard filled up the stat sheet with five points, five rebounds, and seven assists off the bench.

“He’s an NBA player,” James said of Reaves, per Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. “He can play at this level. I watched a lot of film on him when we [signed] him. His size, shot making ability, passing. High IQ kid, and he has a lot of dog in him.”

Reaves, who recently went from a two-way contract to a standard contract with the Lakers, is now getting an opportunity to strut his stuff. The team has suffered injuries to Wayne Ellington, Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, and others, opening up more playing time in the backcourt.

The former Oklahoma star Reaves already has plenty of meme potential. Now it definitely looks like he has the game to back it up as well.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

Photo: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has quick turnaround after attending Chargers-Browns game

LeBron James

LeBron James was definitely trying to pack as much action as he could into his Sunday.

The Los Angeles Lakers star attended the Week 5 showdown between the Los Angeles Chargers and his hometown Cleveland Browns at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The CBS broadcast of the game showed James cheering in a suite towards the end of the first half.

What is notable about James’ appearance though is that the Lakers had a scheduled preseason game against the Phoenix Suns tipping off just hours later. SoFi Stadium is roughly ten miles away from Staples Center, which can make for a seriously lengthy commute in Los Angeles’ notorious traffic, especially on the Columbus Day long weekend. Seeing as the Chargers-Browns game had an afternoon kickoff time, that made for a pretty quick turnaround for James to arrive in time for the Lakers’ game, including warmups and going through his pregame ritual.

Of course, it is only the preseason, and James probably left the NFL game early anyway. But if that was the case, he sure missed one great ending.

Enes Kanter calls out LeBron James over vaccine stance

LeBron James

Enes Kanter thinks that LeBron James fumbled the bag with his recent public statements on the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Boston Celtics center Kanter called out James this week in an interview with CNN’s Pamela Brown. Kanter expressed disappointment that James referred to the vaccine as a personal choice instead of making a stronger public statement.

“You know, when I heard it, I was very disappointed and it is ridiculous,” said Kanter. “Obviously LeBron James, he’s one of the faces of the league. And he should be the first one to go out there and say, ‘Listen, everyone, I got the vaccine and I’m encouraging everyone, my community, everyone, basketball fans, non-basketball fans, all sport fans to go out, get this vaccine so we could save other lives.’

“So when I heard that, I just can’t believe it,” Kanter added. “But I hope he could educate himself about this vaccination and encourage other people around him.”

The Los Angeles Lakers star James said during Media Day that he was fully vaccinated but declined to use his platform to encourage others to do so as well. You can read James’ full comments on the issue here.

The four-time MVP also expressed support for Draymond Green’s recent stance that one’s vaccination status is a personal matter.

Public health considerations aside, Kanter and James are not exactly the best of friends either. The two have beefed in years past, so there are probably some deeper undertones at play here too.