LeBron James has been in the game for a very long time, and he is now arguably the greatest player of all time. Over the years, several old-timers have blasted James for his apparent inability to dominate the game despite his stature. One of them was All-Star Antonio Davis.
LeBron is not feared
During an appearance on ESPN’s Rusillo and Kanell in 2014, Davis said James failed to instill fear in his competition, unlike Michael Jordan back in the day. The former NBA bruiser was certain that if LeBron was called the “b-word,” he wouldn’t make them pay for it and never earned their respect in the process.
“There’s just no fear…He’s not gonna make you pay for calling him that name [b*tch]. I think some of it starts with, you know, there’s an ‘and one [foul+counted] and he’s pattin’ on his biceps, and then the next play you see him floppin.’ It’s not like you have this respect that if I call him out of his name or if I go at him somehow, he’s gonna make me pay. So, I think that’s why guys are just so readily and so quick with that word or one of those words come out of their mouth.”
Just do it, man
The 13-year NBA veteran then doubled down on his take on James by stressing all the whining over refs not whistling for a foul doesn’t help at all. Davis even said that sometimes, he wanted to call James the “b-word” when he watched him.
“I think with LeBron…guys don’t fear what this guy would do to him. And when I’m watching, I mean, I wanna call him that [b*tch] sometimes. I was like, ‘Dude, just dominate the game.’ [He’s] talking ‘bout ‘They’re not calling fouls for me, I only have 17 fouls.’ [I’m like] ‘You don’t have a charge. You ain’t running nobody over. You got all of your muscles and you’re patting you’re biceps, go run somebody over. Force them to call fouls. If not, you are a biiii…”
Davis did not have to finish his sentence, as we already know what he was trying to point out.
Whether or not Davis was on point about James is up to you. The only thing certain is that every NBA fan, be it a former player or not, is entitled to their own opinion.