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Anonymous agent trashes Rich Paul, LeBron James for costing clients money

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Rich Paul has become one of the most powerful agents in sports thanks to his relationship with LeBron James, and there are others in the industry who do not approve of the empire the duo has built.

Ben Standig and Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic anonymously surveyed NBA agents to get some of their thoughts on LeBron, and one took the opportunity to unload on James, Paul and Klutch Sports. The agent criticized the arrangement LeBron and Paul have and essentially said LeBron is illegally recruiting clients for Klutch Sports.

“The worst thing that LeBron is doing is forcing this power with Rich Paul and what that is, in terms of, he’s a player, but he has prowess in the media space,” the agent said. “His company Spring Hill, that’s awesome. Doing the movies and all of the projects. That’s so commendable. I love that. But now that they’ve jumped into the agent game, which the reality is, it’s illegal for a player, particularly if you’re in the state of California, to be licensed to represent talent.

“Now I know it’s this façade that it’s Rich Paul, but it’s really LeBron who recruits for Rich Paul. So it’s almost like they’re trying to control AAU at the NBA level.”

The agent went on to say that he understands why clients who idolize James would sign with Klutch Sports, and he compared the situation to when players wanted Michael Jordan’s agent David Falk to represent them. However, the agent said there have been some “massive casualties” for players who have been mismanaged by the agency. Two players who were mentioned were Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nerlens Noel.

“I’m starting to hear some rumblings that they might be overloaded. Because you can’t have this level of expectation for a client and service all of these guys. Ben Simmons. Garland. I know this as an agent, you can’t service them all at this level,” the agent said. “You can seduce them, but you can’t service them all, at that level with what they say they’re doing. Nerlens Noel. Norris Cole. Shabazz Muhammed. They lost $80 million in Detroit. This is real talk.”

Noel, if you remember, turned down bigger offers to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder two years ago. He has played 16.1 minutes per game and averaged just 6.2 points in two seasons with the team.

Klutch Sports has certainly grown at a rapid pace, even expanding to other sports outside of basketball. LeBron has obviously made that possible, and bitterness from other agents and agencies is to be expected. Whether or not those agents are right about the ethical issues is a matter of opinion.

Video: LeBron James had funny conversation with Larry O’Brien Trophy

LeBron James Larry O'Brien Trophy

LeBron James was feeling great after winning his fourth NBA championship on Sunday. A new video clip shows just what a good mood he was in.

The clip shows James talking to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which is awarded to the team that wins the NBA championship. James spoke to the trophy and joked with it about cheating on him the last four years.

“I can’t believe you cheated on me for the last five years. Dirty! Can’t believe you cheated on me the last four years. What is wrong with you?” James joked.

James’ previous championship came in 2016 when his Cleveland Cavaliers came back from down 3-1 to beat the Golden State Warriors. Since then, the Warriors won two championships and the Toronto Raptors won the other. And now James is back on top with his fourth title.

He and the trophy are in more of a long-term on-and-off relationship than anything else. James also had a nice tribute to Kobe Bryant, to whom he dedicated the championship.

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.

LeBron James sends Instagram tribute to Kobe Bryant after winning championship

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LeBron James sent an Instagram tribute to Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night, three days after his Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

The Lakers dedicated the rest of their season to Bryant after the late Lakers star died in a helicopter crash on January 26. James and Anthony Davis got tribute tattoos for the Black Mamba and played with him on their mind.

James’ tribute to Bryant showed him with the Mamba’s No. 24 jersey across his lap. The post’s caption said: “Hope I’m made you proud my brother!! Love and miss you Champ!!”

When James signed with the Lakers two years ago, his goal was to return them to the top of the basketball world. Once the team acquired Davis in a trade with the Pelicans last year, that goal became much more attainable.

James now has won four championships in his career, and they have come with three different teams. He is one shy of the five titles Bryant won.

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.

Tom Brady trolls himself over 4th down gaffe while congratulating LeBron

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Tom Brady did not openly admit after last week’s loss to the Chicago Bears that he lost track of downs late in the game, but the future Hall of Famer is finally having a laugh at his own expense over the blunder.

Brady congratulated LeBron James on capturing his fourth NBA title with a great tweet on Monday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback shared a photoshopped image that shows LeBron’s head on Brady’s body holding up four fingers.

Brady also joked “not bad for a washed up old guy!” The two have continued to play at an extremely high level even as they are considered “old” for their respective sports, so they have that in common.

Brady lost track of downs late in Tampa Bay’s game against the Bears, and it proved costly. With the Bucs trailing 20-19, he threw a low-percentage pass on 4th down and then seemed puzzled when it resulted in a turnover on downs. He told reporters he wished he executed better but did not openly acknowledge losing track of downs. Even Bruce Arians tried to cover for his quarterback, though the coach was not all that convincing.

Kudos to Brady for finally taking it on the chin.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

ESPN host Jay Williams criticizes LeBron James for passing to Danny Green

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LeBron James is being criticized by some for passing to Danny Green for a shot at the end of Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Friday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers had the ball with 16.8 seconds left down 109-108 against the Miami Heat. James drove towards the basket and attracted about three Heat defenders. He passed back to Green, who had an open look at a three. Green had to gather the ball first as the pass wasn’t perfect. He ended up missing, and Markieff Morris followed with an airball.

ESPN analyst Jay Williams, a former NBA point guard, criticized James for passing.

Many others, including Portland guard C.J. McCollum, disagreed with Williams and thought James made the right play.

Williams and James had an issue in September over another matter, which may play a role here.

After the 111-108 loss, James defended his decision to pass.

“I was able to draw two defenders below the free throw line and find one of our shooters at the top of the key wide open to win a championship. I trusted him. We trusted him. And it just didn’t go. You live with that,” James said after the game.

“It’s one of the best shots we could have gotten. Especially down the stretch. Two guys on me. Danny got a heck of a look. It just didn’t go down. I know he wishes he could have it again. I wish I could make a better pass. You live with it.”

It’s very difficult to argue that James made the wrong play when you see the open look Green had. One person doesn’t win a title; teams do. And from John Paxson to Steve Kerr, even Michael Jordan relied on his teammates to knock down big shots.

James made the right play. The shot just didn’t go down. And a better pass would have helped.

The Lakers still lead the Finals 3-2. Game 6 will be on Sunday.

LeBron James shares what he has learned about Lakers fans

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LeBron James has learned a lot about the Los Angeles Lakers since joining the team before last season. He’s particularly become more informed about the high expectations of the team’s fanbase.

James gave a good summation of what he found Laker fans to be like: the expectations are high, and what you’ve done before does not matter.

“The Laker faithful don’t give a damn what you’ve done before,” James said Thursday, via Mark Medina of USA Today. “Until you become a Laker, you’ve got to do it with them as well. They don’t care about your resume at all until you become a Laker. Then you got to do it as a Laker.”

LeBron probably learned this early when not all Laker fans were overjoyed by his arrival. If he didn’t then, he has now.

The good news for James is he is now a win away from bringing a title back to Los Angeles. If he gets the championship, any doubters will probably be won over.

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.

How the Los Angeles Lakers have built their NBA Finals lead

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Following Jimmy Butler’s 40 point, 11 rebound, 13 assist masterpiece in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat looked poised to truly threaten the Los Angeles Lakers. But in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night, Tyler Herro and the rest of the Heat learned there is no standing in the way of the King’s destiny.

By winning Game 4, the Lakers established a stronghold in the series, taking a 3-1 lead — an advantage LeBron James has never squandered before in his extensive playoff history. While the Heat, like seemingly every other basketball team in the world, don’t have an answer for the league’s most potent duo of James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers’ shooting and rebounding have been vital to their success.

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Patrick Mahomes’ mom calls out LeBron for walking off court early

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LeBron James showed poor sportsmanship when he walked off the court before time expired in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, and Patrick Mahomes’ mother joined the chorus of people who criticized the Los Angeles Lakers star for the move.

Several people took to social media after LeBron walked off the court to rip him for his lack of leadership, and Mahomes’ mother Randi highlighted one such post on her Instagram story. She ripped LeBron, which you can see in the screenshot captured by Egotastic Sports.

“Absolutely!! Real Leaders 1st ones in and Last ones to Leave,” Randi Mahomes wrote.

The Lakers got beat by the Miami Heat 115-104 in Game 3. As Miami was dribbling out the final seconds on the clock, LeBron walked off the floor and made his way toward the tunnel. Some other players followed. Since the shot clock expired with 0.7 seconds left, the Lakers needed to put three substitutes into the game to replace LeBron, Rajon Rondo and Kyle Kuzma. You can see the video of what transpired here.

At the very least, that was a bad look for LeBron and his teammates. No one likes losing, but you should give your opponent the respect of remaining on the court until the game is over. Randi Mahomes is hardly alone with her opinion.

Tyler Herro gets the memes after flop from LeBron James contact

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Tyler Herro gave his best flop after making contact with LeBron James on a fastbreak layup during Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Tuesday night, and he received the meme treatment.

Duncan Robinson tried to make a pass to Herro midway through the first quarter during a Miami Heat possession. Instead, James was there for the steal. LeBron took the ball all the way for a fastbreak dunk to put the Lakers up 15-12.

The way James sent Herro flying led to numerous jokes.

Forgive Herro, as he was just trying to do his best Alex Caruso impression.

Jimmy Butler explains his ‘in trouble’ line for LeBron James

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler put up a huge game in his Miami Heat’s 115-104 Game 3 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals on Sunday night. Butler scored 40 points with 11 rebounds and 13 assists while leading his team to victory.

Butler was seen late in the fourth quarter saying “you’re in trouble” to the Lakers and LeBron James.

Butler was asked after the game about that comment and wanted to make it clear that James started it by saying that to him in the first quarter.

“We’re not going to act like I’m just out there talking trash, because I’m not. ‘Bron said it to me at the end of the first. That’s what happened. I just said it to him in the fourth quarter,” Butler clarified.

If James is going to start with Butler, then Jimmy is going to finish it. At least he did in Game 3.

Game 4 of the series will be on Tuesday. Butler wasn’t asked about the Lakers’ weak move walking off the court early in the loss.