LOS ANGELES – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar publicly criticized LeBron James again on Sunday, with the Los Angeles Lakers legend saying he believes the current Lakers star has greater responsibility in how he reacts. deal with his enhanced background.
“Some of the things he’s done and said are really underneath him, as far as I can see,” Abdul-Jabbar said ahead of the Lakers’ game against the Denver Nuggets. “Some of the amazing things he’s accomplished, he’s almost standing on both sides of the fence, you know? That makes it hard for me to accept that when he’s venturing into a different direction taking on everything. stuff. It’s hard to know where he is standing. You have to check on him all the time.”
Abdul-Jabbar, on hand to introduce James’ teammate Carmelo Anthony, with the new Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Trophy designed to honor Anthony as the NBA’s 2020-21 Social Justice Champion, spoke up. his frustration with James several times this season.
After James celebrated late in Game 3 in his extra-time win over the Indiana Pacers by imitating the dance that former NBA All-Star Sam Cassell popularized, highlighting his neighborhoods, Abdul -Jabbar was criticized for his objections.
“For me, winning is enough,” Abdul-Jabbar said in a video posted on Substack, a subscription commentary website, in early December. “Why do you need to do a stupid dance, childish and disrespectful to the other team on the field? It doesn’t make sense. GOATs don’t jump.”
Later that month, Abdul-Jabbar took aim at James again after the four-time MVP shared a Spider-Man meme to his Instagram account showing three identical Spider-Man figures pointing at each other, labeled “COVID”. colds and flu.”
Abdul-Jabbar wrote on Substack that the social media post was a “severe blow to his well-deserved legacy” because it “implies that LeBron doesn’t understand the difference between these three illnesses, even after all.” information published in the press.
Abdul-Jabbar referenced both of his earlier critiques Sunday when explaining his stance on the 19-year veteran.
“Sure, [Abdul-Jabbar has] expectations are higher for him because he understands the issues and speaks to them quite forcefully and eloquently,” he said. I think he has a lot going for him in terms of respect and achievement and he shouldn’t bow to those moments. “
James dismissed Abdul-Jabbar’s criticisms at the time.
“I had no reaction to Kareem at all,” James said. “And if you see the post and you read the tag, you’re literally asking, ‘Help me?’ Help me figure it all out. We’re all trying to figure this pandemic out.”
Abdul-Jabbar said his face-to-face interactions with James were short-lived, but he would welcome a further connection.
“If he’s willing to work, I’m sure there’s time,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “I admire the things he’s done that have captured all of our attention. Sending a whole school to college? Wow. That’s amazing. Attentiveness and willingness to back it up with a wallet his, you have to give him credit for that. So I don’t throw stones. I just wish he wouldn’t – you know, some of the things he did, he should feel bad. tiger. That’s just where I come from.”
Regardless, Abdul-Jabbar applauds James’ pursuit of his NBA goalscoring record, a record he has held for nearly 38 years, as he eclipsed total points in his previous career. by Wilt Chamberlain.
“I’m everything because he does it,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “There’s no envy there. … It’s just – with the issues I’m talking about, the things that really affect the Black community, he should be careful. That’s all I’m in love with. bridge.”
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/33664003/los-angeles-lakers-legend-kareem-abdul-jabbar-criticizes-some-lebron-james-actions Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticizes some actions of LeBron James