The feelings among NBA players regarding the COVID-19 vaccine appear to be mixed. While the league has promoted public service announcement videos of legends like Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Julius Erving getting their COVID-19 vaccine shots, they have not done so with any active players. That is partly due to the current players not being in eligible groups to be vaccinated yet. But it also seems some players are not too enthusiastic about getting their vaccinations.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James was asked by the media on Sunday whether he would get vaccinated and urge other players to do the same. James said he was keeping that matter private.
“That’s a conversation that my family and I will have,” James said. “Pretty much keep that to a private thing.”
James Harden said he was still thinking about taking the vaccine. Utah’s Donovan Mitchell says he is still researching things.
Lakers forward Jared Dudley even said on Twitter that nobody is going to rush to take the vaccine without enough research when they are young and healthy. He also shared a false claim about the FDA not approving the vaccines yet.
The opinions from these players should not come as a great shock. A report in mid-February said that many top NBA players were reluctant to promote the vaccine in PSAs.
LeBron James and Steph Curry have been two of the best players in the NBA over the last decade, and they finally got to be on the same side of the court.
James was the captain of one All-Star team for Sunday’s competition at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, while Kevin Durant captained the other.
James made Giannis Antetokounmpo the first pick in the draft. Durant took his Brooklyn Nets teammate Kyrie Irving second. Then with his second pick, James selected Curry, giving them the opportunity to team up.
Curry scored 28 points and made eight 3-pointers as Team LeBron won the game 170-150. James said it was cool to finally play with Curry.
Damian Lillard also made eight 3-pointers for Team LeBron and was among the high scorers on the squad. But the best performance came from Giannis Antetokounmpo, who didn’t miss a field goal and won MVP honors for his son.
Donovan Mitchell is tired of answering questions about the lack of respect the Utah Jazz are getting nationally.
Utah’s reputation has been a talking point of late, fueled in part by comments made by LeBron James during the All-Star draft about why the Jazz don’t get the attention and respect their 27-9 record would seemingly command. Mitchell reacted to that comment, making clear that he and his teammates aren’t seeking James’ approval — or anyone else’s.
Mitchell and the Jazz aren’t really desperate for attention. One thing he and his teammates are really after is to be treated and acknowledged like bigger market teams.
The best way Mitchell and the Jazz can deal with their critics is to keep winning. They seem to know that, and aren’t really in the mood to try to gain press any other way.
The Utah Jazz’s star players complained on Wednesday about the lack of respect they receive. Their arguments got a whole lot stronger after Thursday’s events.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant got to pick their teams for the All-Star Game on Thursday. Though Utah had two players make the team from the West — Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell — both players were chosen last.
What was the reason for that? James said no offense, but the Jazz have never been exciting.
Just wait until the people of Utah get a hold of that quote.
Mitchell and Gobert were furious with the officials after Wednesday’s game. Now they can add the disrespect surrounding the All-Star Game draft to their list of grievances.
LeBron James owns several properties across the country, and one of them can now be yours if you have an extra $20 million laying around.
James has put his mansion in Brentwood, Calif., on the market for $20 million, according to TMZ. The Los Angeles Lakers star purchased the 9,500-square-foot home on the famous Rockingham Ave. in 2015.
The home has eight bedrooms, six bathrooms, a home gym, a pool and an outdoor basketball hoop. It is located in a neighborhood that has been home to many celebrities and wealthy people over the years. The house is just blocks away from where O.J. Simpson lived when Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman were murdered at his house in 1994.
LeBron and his family have not been living in the home, as they moved to a massive Beverly Hills mansion last year. James paid $36.75 million for a 2.5-acre property that was previously owned by Lee Phillip Bell.
LeBron is not the only champion to sell a mansion recently, though fans don’t have to speculate that it means he is planning to leave the Lakers.
Baron Davis is dunking on Zlatan Ibrahimovic about as hard as he dunked on Andrei Kirilenko back in 2007.
The soccer star Ibrahimovic was in the news this week after criticizing LeBron James over James’ sociopolitical activism.
“[LeBron] is phenomenal at what he’s doing, but I don’t like when people have some kind of status, they go do politics at the same time,” Ibrahimovic said, per ESPN. “Do what you’re good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I’m the best at playing football.
“I don’t do politics,” Ibrahimovic added. “If I would be a political politician, I would do politics. That is the first mistake people do when they become famous and they become in a certain status. Stay out of it. Just do what you do best because it doesn’t look good.”
James clapped back at Ibrahimovic’s comments on Friday after a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I would never shut up about things that’s wrong,” the four-time MVP said. “I preach about my people, and I preach about equality. Social injustice. Racism. Systematic voter suppression. Things that go on in our community.
“It’s funny he say that,” James added about Ibrahimovic. “I believe in like 2018, he was the same guy who said when he was back in Sweden, talking about the same thing. Because his last name wasn’t a certain last name, that he felt there was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch … I speak from a very educated mind, so I’m kind of the wrong guy to actually go at because I do my homework.”
Davis, the retired NBA guard, took it a step further on Saturday. Linking to a video of James’ comments, he absolutely went in on Ibrahimovic.
“Zlatan stay yo a– out of LA,” Davis tweeted. “Galaxy suck anyway. And you dumb as hell. Take that stolen Zoohan look and give it back to Sandler. Now let the King Speak!!!!
There are a couple of funny layers to Davis’ tweet here. One is the reference to Adam Sandler’s movie “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan.” Another is the fact that Ibrahimovic does not even play for the Galaxy any more, having left in 2019 to return to Serie A club AC Milan. But Davis played for UCLA and the Clippers, while James now stars for the Lakers. Thus, there is probably some Los Angeles pride involved here.
James does indeed have a very powerful platform that he uses to try to bring about social change here in America. As for Davis, he himself does not sound too willing to just stick to sports either.
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LeBron James defended Devin Booker in a tweet sent on Tuesday after the reserves for the All-Star Game were announced.
Booker was among the top snubs in the Western Conference. James called Booker the “most disrespected player” in the NBA.
The funny thing about saying players were snubbed from the All-Star team is that you should also have to say who should be removed from the team. So if James thinks Booker was “disrespected,” he should also tell us who should be replaced. But that’s the thing — he and others love to complain, but they don’t provide solutions.
Does James think Booker deserved it over Phoenix Suns teammate Chris Paul, who is also James’ buddy? How about over Anthony Davis, James’ Lakers teammate? Give us a name, James, or keep it to yourself.
Of course, Davis will likely miss the game due to injury, so Booker will probably be included anyway.
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Anthony Edwards’ ridiculous dunk on Yuta Watanabe Friday night gained the attention of the entire NBA world, including some of the game’s biggest stars.
If you missed it, Edwards’ posterization might be the dunk of the year, even though it came in Minnesota’s loss to the Toronto Raptors.
The dunk was good enough that Edwards got a shoutout from LeBron James after the game.
Edwards is starting to make an impression, as the No. 1 overall pick has become a regular in the starting lineup lately. If he keeps making plays like that, the 19-year-old will probably see one of his biggest frustrations with the NBA start to go away.
LeBron James is integrating the 3-point shot into his game at a greater frequency than ever before, but he got a reminder on Tuesday that he’s still no Steph Curry.
During the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, James launched a 3-pointer from the circle just past halfcourt right before the end of the third quarter. It didn’t go as planned.
James still finished with 30 points on 13/20 shooting with 13 rebounds and seven assists. His Lakers still won the game 112-104, so all was well. That just wasn’t a very good heat check moment for James.
Here’s how it’s done, LeBron.
LeBron James continues to chase Michael Jordan’s legacy, and he once even came close to the second sport sabbatical part of it as well.
James told The Athletic this week that he seriously considered an offer to try out for the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys back in 2011. The offer came from owner Jerry Jones himself. Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll also sent James a custom Seahawks jersey and an invitation to try out.
At the time, James was with the Miami Heat, who had just lost in the Finals to the Dallas Mavericks. An NBA lockout then followed, spurring players around the league to participate in exhibition games or to briefly play overseas. James, meanwhile, mulled his NFL prospects. He adjusted his training routine and even ran some routes.
“I would have made the team,” said James. “I would have tried out. But I would have made the team. One thing about it, I don’t mind working for something. So if I’d have had to try out for the Cowboys or the Seahawks, or if I’d have stayed home and went back home to Cleveland, I’d have tried [out]. But I would have made the team. I just know what I’m capable of doing on the football field. Especially at that age.”
James, who was 26 at the time, had been a two-sport star in high school, playing both basketball and football. He was a wide receiver on the gridiron and even got recruited by some Division I football programs such as Notre Dame. Many believe that James, with his size at 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds, speed, and leaping ability would have excelled in professional football had he chosen that path instead.
One of the Cowboys receivers back then also thought that James would have crushed it in the NFL. Thus, an official tryout might have actually been more substance than publicity stunt.