LeBron James did not play in the Warriors-Lakers preseason game Monday night in Los Angeles.
But about 80 minutes before the opening tip at Staples Center, the three-time NBA champion created headlines when he spoke to the media regarding the drama between the NBA, China and Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.
Then about five minutes before the game started, he sent out two tweets:
Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that.— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019
My team and this league just went through a difficult week. I think people need to understand what a tweet or statement can do to others. And I believe nobody stopped and considered what would happen. Could have waited a week to send it.— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 15, 2019
Before the fourth quarter began, LeBron and Warriors superstar Steph Curry exchanged pleasantries:
LeBron James and Stephen Curry chatting it up during the break before the fourth quarter.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) October 15, 2019
After Tuesday's practice, LeBron said he feels like his pregame comments were taken out of context:
LeBron James on the backlash he’s getting with China pic.twitter.com/Pn9jvBRVDj— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 15, 2019
About 45 minutes later, he took to Instagram:
Are "they" -- the clowns that is -- the media in general or anybody who disagreed with what he said? Both?
Why send that message to Curry?
Does LeBron realize he sounded foolish when he told reporters that he believes Morey "was either misinformed or not really educated on the situation, and if he was, then so be it," and immediately followed that with: "I have no idea, but that is just my belief."
Is he aware that the backlash is self-inflicted?
Are you sick of this whole story?
Let's move on.
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