Former Teammate Frustrated by LeBron James’ Excuses: “You My Dawg, I Know You Since Seventh Grade. But That Interview Ain’t It”

Published 12/24/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) waits for play to resume against the Dallas Mavericks during the first half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers played their last game at the Staples Center and lost against the Spurs. LeBron James and the Lakers failed to win in their last game of the Staples Center era and lost by 28 points. Moreover, they will be playing at the same arena, which will be renamed Crypto.com Arena from the next game.

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LeBron James was the shining star from a dark night in LA as the Lakers lost 110-138 to the Spurs. James scored 36 points and now averages 30 points in the last four games. The Lakers are now on a 0-4 run and the next game is against Eastern Conference leaders Brooklyn Nets.

Dec 17, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) talks to a teammate against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

James appeared frustrated after the game vs the Spurs and blamed the health and safety protocols. He also admitted that there is no chemistry in the team. James’ former teammate at the Cavaliers, Kendrick Perkins, is frustrated over LeBron’s latest comments and has blasted him in a recent interview.

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Kendrick Perkins blasts LeBron James over his comments on health and safety protocols and the team’s chemistry

Former Cleveland Cavaliers star Kendrick Perkins recently appeared on the ‘First Take‘ show. During the show, he talked about LeBron’s post-game comments after their loss vs. the Spurs.

“Here’s the thing. LeBron, you my dawg, I’ve been knowing you since the seventh grade. But that interview? That ain’t it. But a simple fact that the whole league has been battling this whole situation for us. COVID protocols, injuries, or whatever the case may be,” Perkins said on the ‘First Take.

“So when you get beat by 28 by the Spurs, that’s a problem. That don’t have nothing to do with chemistry,” he added.

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After spending the majority of his career in Boston, Perkins retired at Cleveland Cavaliers. However, he had one more stint with the Cavs before, during the 2014-15 season. LeBron powered the Cavs to the NBA finals that season, but they lost to the Warriors in six games.

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Despite being teammates with King James, Perkins has been vocal about him and has criticized him on several occasions. LeBron, however, is currently focused on the Lakers’ game vs Brooklyn Nets. A win could end the Lakers’ 4-game winless run and bring some confidence within the camp.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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