‘MJ Wouldn’t Say Anything’ – Former NBA Star Slams LeBron James For ‘Full Health’ Comments

Published 05/06/2021, 6:34 AM EDT
Mar 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James made his long-awaited return this past weekend. After sustaining a high ankle sprain last month, LeBron took to the court against the Sacramento Kings. However, there was obvious rust for LeBron, as the Lakers lost the game. The Lakers then lost another game against the Raptors. However, it was his comments after the game that caught the eye of fans, where he spoke about his health.

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Jay Williams gives LeBron James credit

Former NBA player Jay Williams addressed LeBron James and his recent comments about his health. Williams noted that LeBron James defied expectations this season. After winning the 2020 NBA championship, the Lakers and James only had 71 days before the start of the new season. Despite the short turnover and his advanced age, LeBron did not take any time off until his injury, which is astonishing.

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Williams said, “LeBron James took no time off. Remember after they won a championship, everybody started talking about, ‘Maybe LeBron should load manage and really kind of ease into this.’ He didn’t do that. He refused to do that, played almost every game throughout the season. I respect that about LeBron, puts him in a tough situation now. I still think if he’s healthy they’ll be OK.”

LeBron shouldn’t have made that statement about his health

Williams added that he has the ultimate admiration for LeBron for the professionalism he exhibited in the first part of the season. In fact, Williams is confident that the Lakers will be able to find playoff success regardless of their position if LeBron is healthy. But he was very critical of LeBron for his comments about his health, thinking that it was his safe exit. Williams lambasted James and reminded him that Michael Jordan wouldn’t say something like this.

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Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is helped up by Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) after injuring his leg in the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Williams said, “As a guy who played for the Bulls, who has watched Michael Jordan for a long time, I’ve never heard MJ say something like that [comments about health]. MJ just wouldn’t say anything.”

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Can LeBron James recover and lead the Lakers again? He is taking some time off over the next few games to heal his ankle. The Lakers want to be very careful about his injury. His health will be crucial during the playoffs for the Lakers. Therefore, they shouldn’t be risking him during the final stretch of the regular season.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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