Former NFL Star Exposes Kevin Garnett For Copying LeBron James: “Went to Boston With Ray Allen, a 6 Time NBA All Star at the Time. Their Only Problem Was They Only Won One. Not LeBron’s Fault”

Published 12/23/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Dec 15, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) celebrates the win over the Dallas Mavericks during overtime at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports| Courtesy Reuters


LeBron James has enjoyed tremendous success in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers talisman has been the face of every franchise that he has played for. However, LeBron’s decision to leave Cleveland for Miami in 2010 has been getting flak recently. In a conversation around the subject, former NFL player Emmanuel Acho claimed that a former NBA star tried to copy LeBron.

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Acho took shots at Kevin Garnett for supposedly copying LeBron James on the ‘Speak For Yourself’ show. He insinuated that Garnett attempted to copy LeBron by trying to establish a dynasty with Ray Allen at the Boston Celtics.

Acho said, “Kevin Garnett tried to accomplish the same thing. Remember Kevin Garnett a 10 time NBA All Star, went to Boston with Ray Allen, a six time NBA All Star at the time. And they joined forces. Their only problem was – they only won one. Not LeBron’s fault, they only won one. They only won one.”

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Acho’s reply was targeted at LeBron’s former teammate, Iman Shumpert. Shumpert had suggested in a podcast appearance that LeBron “ruined basketball” when he joined the Miami Heat.

Kevin Garnett played for the Boston Celtics between 2007 to 2013 and won the NBA title in 2008. The NBA had named Garnett the NBA MVP in 2004. Garnett joined the Celtics from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a much discussed move.

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LeBron James’ time with the Miami Heat

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LeBron James made the contentious decision to sign for the Miami Heat at a time when the Cleveland Cavaliers needed him the most. Despite LeBron’s presence at the franchise, they could not win an NBA title with 2009’s Most Valuable Player. ‘The Decision’, as it is known in the media and among NBA fans, was LeBron’s announcement about him joining the Heat.

February 18, 2014: Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade #3, Miami Heat small forward LeBron James #6 and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh #1 observe the National Anthem before an NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX Miami defeated Dallas 117-106 (Photo by Albert Pena/Icon SMI/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

LeBron eventually signed with the Heat in July 2010 as a free agent. Dwyane Wade, who remained at the Heat, welcomed LeBron and another NBA star in Chris Bosh as they formed a formidable trio. At the Heat, LeBron won two back-to-back NBA titles while also being named the NBA Finals MVP on both occasions.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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