‘Exaggerating Injuries’: Stephen A Smith Puts LeBron James on the Stands for NFL Claims

Published 09/28/2021, 9:52 PM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Every sporting star is a multi-sport character in one way or the other. Steph Curry plays golf, Damian Lillard goes boxing, Jimmy Butler has a sweet spot for Tennis, Anthony Davis is about NBA 2K, and so on. But when it comes to LeBron James, the big man had and still has his heart in football.

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While the off-season 2021 is almost coming to an end, King James has sparked debates about his history with NFL. Watching LA Rams games, dropping nostalgic footballing posts, and giving interviews to former Super Bowl legends, Bron is doing it all. But with all the hype, he still has an unimpressed NBA analyst ready to bash his claims.

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Stephen A Smith rejects LeBron James as an NFL player

In a recent interview, SAS expressed his stand loud and clear when he stated, “LeBron James is on the Mt. Rushmore of basketball. One of the greatest athletes and clearly one of the greatest players who ever lived. I don’t think LEBRON would have lasted more than a year in the NFL. I really don’t.”

Just a day ago, Lakers’ leader revealed how he had two legitimate NFL offers in 2011 and that he still has those jerseys kept safe. This got everyone wondering if Bron could’ve made a name for himself as a footballer. But Bron’s critics were quick to share gifs and clips of the NBA champion where he’d fake an on-court injury to force fouls. They hence questioned if he could’ve survived the gruesome nature of the NFL.

May 23, 2021; LeBron James reacts after suffering an injury against the Suns in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Even SAS noted the same when he stated, “If you see LeBron and maybe engage his history on it, the embellishment, just exaggerating injuries and things of that nature. This brother gets hit particularly in the legs, he don’t like it at all.”

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Which other thing works as a con for Bron?

Now, the Akron Hammer was a wide receiver during his school days. Interestingly, the average height of an NFL player in that position is close to 6’1”. This is eight big inches shorter than where LeBron stands and that’s certainly a thing for scrutiny.

So the 53-YO picked on this and further added, “That he’s a legit 6’9”, LeBron James, the second those legs got hit, he would want no part of it. And again, like he’s not some short dude, he’s 6’9” and those legs will be a prime talk… They would hit him hard, everybody would be trying to hit hIm low. He would want no part of that, no way in hell.” 

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Majorly, the NFL teams prefer a shorter wide receiver to ensure greater speed and athleticism to take long and crazy passes. But in the case of Bron, even if he eyes his probable favorite, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning trademark, QB position, he is a little taller for that too. 

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But with the exception of Rob Gronkowski, Bron certainly could’ve proved everyone wrong with his grit and attitude. So where do you stand with this? Le-Bron or no-Bron in NFL? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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