Shannon Sharpe Disregards LeBron James Comments, Says NBA & Players are ‘Equally Culpable’ for Injury Laden Playoffs

Published 06/22/2021, 1:02 PM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

The NBA playoffs are underway right now. Featuring best of the best players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the playoffs is arguably the most exciting time of being a NBA fan.

This season’s post season has had its fair share of surprises. With injuries to superstars like James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis, two of the biggest favorites to win the championship, the Lakers and the Nets crashed out within the first two rounds of the playoffs.

While this certainly some other teams like the Suns and the Hawks to make a deep playoff run, a major reason for all these injury woes was the condensed fixture list.

Superstar LeBron James was certainly not the biggest fan of this as he took to Twitter and criticized the NBA for the same. In a series of tweets, LBJ lashed on the league for forcing players to play so many games in such a short time.

Shannon Sharpe reacts to LeBron James criticising the league

While James certainly made a valid point, analyst Shannon Sharpe had a different take. The veteran analyst in a recent interview said that the players were equally responsible for the rushed season.

“The NBA wanted to recoup some money. They were in a pandemic; they lost money; the players wanted to get those paychecks they couldn’t play without the NBA and the NBA PA agreeing. Everybody’s equally culpable because they needed the money, and the players wanted the paycheck it is what it is”

But Sharpe also condemned how the condensed season affected many of the players. “I do believe that a condensed season playing three games every other week because the more rigorous the sport, the more rest you need. To try to play three games basically you’re trying to get 72 games in two and a half three months that’s asking an awful lot of the guys.”


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LBJ and the Lakers certainly struggled a lot this season. With a short off-season and injuries to Anthony Davis and LeBron James, the defending champions crashed out against the Phoenix Suns in the first round. This might be a blessing in disguise as an extended off-season will help AD and Bron regain full fitness. Will the Purple & Gold be back in championship contention next season?


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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.