NBA Analyst Takes a Dig at Michael Jordan, Dismissing ‘Over-Choreographed’ Comments on LeBron James

Published 10/23/2020, 12:55 PM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts while pushing his hip after a play against the Miami Heat during the second quarter in game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Is LeBron James arguably the best player in the league? Well, he did just win his fourth NBA title. He also nabbed the Finals MVP title for the fourth time and brought the Lakers back from the dead. They achieved their 17th championship after a decade, and it was all under the King’s leadership. But does everyone feel this way?

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The Athletics’ agent survey allows NBA agents to open up freely about their views on the franchise’s, coaches, and general managers’ players. They expect complete honesty, and they attain that by providing complete anonymity to the agents. This could be controversial because it allows them to speak with no filter, and that’s exactly what happened.

When asked about LeBron James in particular, an agent had some sharp accusations for the Lakers’ star. He commented on LeBron’s public persona and how he chases the legacy, instead of it creating itself.

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“Transcendent talent, but an over-choreographed public image and off-the-court persona. Too obviously rehearsed and planned. Not genuine. An obsession with creating a legacy instead of letting the legacy create itself,” said the agent. However, there is one NBA Analyst who always comes to LeBron’s rescue, and he didn’t stop here either.

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LeBron James isn’t the only athlete careful of his image

On Undisputed, Shannon Sharpe once again couldn’t stand these baseless statements made by the agent. He questioned, “I just want to know the historically great player that didn’t have a choreographed image.”

He stated Michael Jordan‘s example and said, “Skip, Michael Jordan would not do an after-game interview unless he had the diamond earring in his ear and he was fully dressed. You tell me a transcending superstar that is not overprotective of their image.”

With aggression, Sharpe stated,” Skip, I don’t get the venom.” He challenges the agent to reveal himself if he isn’t afraid of what he said.

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Sharpe emphasized repeatedly that every superstar is careful of their image because that’s their “calling card.” Whether Sharpe is biased or not, it’s no secret that these personalities have to be wary of their actions and image off the court. This isn’t news if a player tries to mold himself as per the expectations laid out on him.

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Do you side with the agent? Or do you think Sharpe is more rational?

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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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