NBA Fans Rip Kevin Garnett For Disrespecting “Lil Homie” LeBron James in Bold Michael Jordan Comparison

Published 11/10/2021, 10:00 PM EST
Sep 28, 2021; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) is photographed during media day at the UCLA Health and Training Center in El Segundo, Calif. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Michael Jordan had just made his retirement official, and it was then that LeBron James entered the NBA. The coincidence was absolutely uncanny. And it was during those years, that the GOAT debate begun to make rounds. A lot of the praise that Bron has received over the years had something to do with the way he took over the post-Jordan era.

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So, in his most recent interview with the GQ, some of the words that 15x All-Star Kevin Garnett used for Bron did not sit well with fans.

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Kevin Garnett gives his views on Michael Jordan and LeBron James

Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett enjoyed an illustrious 21-year career in the NBA. At one point, he almost joined the Lakers but a hilarious incident never allowed it. Later, as fate would have it, the same team became his biggest rival during the Celtics days. So, when he recently had to talk about Bulls’ Michael Jordan and Lakers’ LeBron James, his opinion of Bron could have been slightly biased, at least that’s what fans assumed.

When asked about the difference between these two legends, Garnett said, “It’s a different level of respect. Michael Jordan I looked at as fucking God. And I thought he was my version of what basketball looked like.”

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“And with LeBron, it was more like the little homie. Here’s the little homie growing up, and man, little homie is getting better than everybody! God damn!… I definitely talked some shit to him. I’ve definitely said some crazy shit to him. He’s definitely said some crazy shit back to me,” he admitted.

However, the “little homie” comment stirred up some heart for KG. The Lakers superstar’s fans instantly showed their disapproval, of what they thought was disrespectful.

KG couldn’t help but praise Bron, either

Nov 2, 2021; LeBron James (6) moves the ball against Kevin Porter Jr. (3) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Even though King James and Garnett have had some bad blood, as he already mentioned, he still couldn’t help but praise him for all that he has accomplished. Especially the way that he has been able to take care of the league after Jordan’s exit.

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“You’ve gotta have that in you to be able to have those shoulders to carry it,” he stated. “No man is perfect in this shit, and there ain’t no telltale book on how to do this shit. He’s done a great fucking job. I just felt like it was only right to give him that respect.”

The 45-year-old Celtics legend said what he had to, and he isn’t wrong either. Perhaps Garnett didn’t mean any offense by those comments and just wanted Bron to get more credit.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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