Ex-NBA player Iman Shumpert spent four seasons donning the Cleveland Cavaliers jersey and saw with his own eyes how LeBron James went along with his business. For Shumpert, he’s never seen someone like James, an athlete who endures so much criticism night in and night out but still performs to the best of his abilities.
In a recent interview, Shumpert reflected on why James is hated so much. The first thing that came to his mind was James' subpar NBA Finals record. Yes, James has the record for most consecutive NBA Finals appearances with eight. He has four title rings but also has six heartbreaking losses.
Besides that, Shumpert could not think of any other reason apart from LeBron's penchant for flopping. Shumpert revealed that James himself revealed why he resorted to such tactics.
“The worst thing we had against LeBron was like, ‘Bro, why you flopping?’ And literally, he started flopping cause he like, ‘Bro, I gotta get these free throws if these people getting free throws. He like, ‘Bro, I’m really getting hit.’ So he like, ‘I’ll sell it for you cause they can’t see it cause I’m so strong. Y’all can’t see me getting fouled,’ “ Shumpert said, Bootleg Kev.
If you are a massive LeBron fan, you'll have no problem believing Shumpert's story. James is, without a doubt, one of the strongest athletes we have seen. Some have even compared him to a football halfback — an athlete gifted with brute force and incredible speed. How many times have we seen defenders literally ride on James' back, and he still manages to dunk or lay it up?
On the flip side of the coin, you know that James is like any other NBA player. He will do anything to win. James will do anything for the calls to be in his team's favor. If it involves flopping like a mad man, then so be it. Never mind if he gets criticized for it.