LeBron James has had an interesting start to his 2021 campaign. The King was embroiled in a fight with Pistons F Isaiah Stewart, which resulted in a bench-clearing brawl and cost him a game, and most recently was fined $15,000 for his celebration during a deep 3 ball against the Pacers on Nov. 24th.
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seemed to have an issue with James celebration, which was in ode to Sam Cassell's “big balls” dance. That didn't matter to Abdul-Jabbar, who said that someone like James shouldn’t be doing those types of celebrations.
“For me, winning is enough. Why do you need to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the court? It doesn’t make sense. GOATs don’t dance,” Kareem said in his weekly SubStack commentary video on Wednesday.
The NBA obviously didn't seem to like it either as they fined James $15,000. This would be one of James' last games before he was put into the NBA’s health and safety protocols because of a positive COVID test. He would later return to the Lakers following a series of negative tests.
It's funny how Abdul-Jabbar is one of the leading voices in player empowerment and letting their voices be heard, but his most recent commentary comes off as the old guy yelling 'get off my lawn,' and wanting to
Los Angeles finds itself at 12-12 and has really struggled to gel together as the roster is made up of a group of veteran players who still have to get used to each other’s style of play. They currently sit at the No. 6 spot in the Western Conference ahead of the Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers.
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