LeBron James recently accused the NBA of not paying heed to the health of its players. This came across as highly deceptive.
King James recently had a message for the NBA in his tweet. That stated how he had suggested the higher authorities of the league not to start the season so early as the players needed more rest.
They all didn’t wanna listen to me about the start of the season. I knew exactly what would happen. I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME! These injuries isn’t just “PART OF THE GAME”. It’s the lack of PURE
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 16, 2021
The LA Lakers had a disappointing 2020-21 NBA season. It began with the superstar duo of Anthony Davis and LeBron James suffering major injuries that kept them out for a large amount of time.
The Lakers, who were the defending champions, found themselves in a lurch in the absence of their star players. The Los Angeles team would slip from its position in the top 4 seeds of the western conference. That led to the Lakers being part of the play-in tournament.
James was highly critical of the play-in tournament and even went on to say that whoever suggested this idea should be fired. This statement came at a time when the Lakers found themselves in the middle of this tournament.
Thus, suggesting that the 4x NBA champion was complaining about it as he found himself on the receiving end of the situation.
This is not the first time that the 17x NBA All-Star has been averse to a situation where he was the recipient of an unlikely situation.
LeBron James is passing the buck for the Lakers’ failures this year
The LA Lakers had a successful 2019-20 season, which was coupled by a victorious run in the 2020 Orlando Bubble as well. The Lakers defeated the Miami Heat in the NBA finals and were crowned 2020 NBA champions.
An interesting observation here was that James never spoke about the injuries that plagued the Heat roster during the finals. The Miami team had its star players Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic missing important games in that series.
There is no denying that the 2021 NBA Playoffs saw a sizeable amount of injuries, with as many as 9 NBA All-Stars being declared out indefinitely. Though this does not take away anything from the current teams, who have been performing exceptionally well in the playoffs.
A recent instance had the two members of the Big 3 in the Brooklyn Nets suffering major injuries at a crucial time of the playoffs. Though the Nets still came quite close to eliminating the Milwaukee Bucks in Game seven of the semi-finals.
The 2021 NBA playoffs have proven to be the year of the young guns, while the big names of the league have had early-round exits. The likes of Trae Young, Giannis Antetkounmpo, and Devin Booker have made it their league.
James’ accusations against everything else but the poor performances of his team highlight the hypocrisy. There is no denying that the injuries to a huge chunk of players in an unfortunate situation.
However, for the ones who enjoy the game, it is an interesting post-season. Since many of the teams that are playing currently have not won a championship in decades, with some not having won a title in entire franchise history.