Skip Bayless exclaims that Solomon Hill did not injure LeBron James intentionally, disagreeing with Montrezl Harrell notion of a dirty play.
Seems as though LeBron James’s ‘IronMan’ season has officially come to a halt after sustaining an injury early in the 2nd quarter of the Lakers games against the Atlanta Hawks a couple nights back. In a play that featured Hawks forward Solomon Hill and James, the former dove for the ball to keep it in play, but collided with Bron in the process.
This caused the 4x champ to head back to the locker room and later be diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain, keeping him on the sidelines for at least 3 weeks, according to team doctors.
However, more than the injury itself, the nature of how it took place is what has been consuming NBA fans and James’s own Laker teammates, Montrezl Harrell in particular.
Skip Bayless says Solomon Hill did not have a dirty play on LeBron James
Following the Lakers loss to the Hawks, Harrell took to his postgame presser to condemn Hill on being as aggressive as he was when diving for the ball. He even went as far as calling it a dirty play. The 8-year forward immediately took to Twitter to dismiss this notion, claiming he would never disrespect the game by intentionally harming another player.
Skip Bayless took to his show Undisputed to air out his frustrations with people calling Hill out on perhaps intentionally injuring LeBron James. “I will tell you flat out: not a dirty play, period, end of story! It’s out of bounds for Montrezl Harrell to say that it was a dirty play”
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) March 22, 2021
Skip goes even further by saying Hill was aware of LeBron James being close to him and intentionally, “pulled his punch”. He also brings up the fact that Solomon is gritty on defense and since he caused the turnover by knocking the ball out of LeBron’s hands, he dove for it.
Regardless of the intention behind LeBron’s injury, the Los Angeles Lakers will need to continue to move forward for another month or so without their two best players. Expect to see increased minutes from guys like Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton Tucker in an effort to keep the Lakers afloat in the top 4 seeds out West.