Kenny Smith on LeBron James Bringing a Cigar Into the Arena: “That’s Disrespectful… I’d Fight Everybody in the Locker Room”

Published 12/21/2021, 10:24 PM EST
May 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the fourth quarter of game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY | Courtesy: Reuters


If there is one thing that puts LeBron James above any other NBA player it is his confidence: be it the ability to pull up from half court or take the last shot of the game. He never lacks the confidence in himself to pull anything off that he wishes to. However, has he gone a bit too far this time?

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LeBron James has the habit of celebrating championship victories with cigars. Fans find it very wholesome that they have witnessed this tradition down from the days of Michael Jordan. However, we have most probably never seen this before, that he walks into a regular-season game with a cigar in his hand.

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This is the footage of him being spotted entering the Staples Center ahead of the game against the Phoenix Suns.

A bit too much confidence from LeBron James?

Ahead of the regular season game against the top-seeded Phoenix Suns, the media spotted James entering the Staples Center. The unique factor of this entrance was that he had a cigar in his hand. Kenny Smith described that as “Disrespectful” while fans went crazy about this display of confidence.

Kenny Smith said, “Yo! That’s disrespectful. We lose that game and you came in with a cigar? Yo Shaq, I ain’t a fighter but I’d fight everybody in the locker room!”

While it may be too early to celebrate anything at the moment, this is probably a display of his confidence coming into this game.

What does this mean for the Lakers?

Coming into this game, the Lakers have a long list of injuries and unavailable players because of health protocols. Facing the side that is currently the favorite in the conference is not easy at all. Therefore, coming into the game as the seventh seed, they need all the confidence and luck to be on their side.

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Oct 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and center DeAndre Ayton (22) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The last time these two sides met, the Lakers lost by 10 points. Therefore, coming into this game against the former NBA finalists, with the Lakers being shorthanded would mean a mammoth task for LeBron.

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Do you think LeBron’s cigar shows his winning mentality coming into this game? Is he stepping over the line while doing this? Let us know what you think about it.

 

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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