During the All-Star draft, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James took a shot at Utah Jazz greats Karl Malone and John Stockton. As for justification for not selecting Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert until the last two picks.
“I just want to say something because there’s no slander to the Utah Jazz,” James said with a smile. “But you guys got to understand, just like in video games growing up, we never played with Utah. Even as great as Karl Malone and John Stockton were, we never would have picked those guys. Never!”
Following the Jazz 131-123 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on March 3, 2021, the newly crown Defensive Player of the Year came to his post-game interview with a shirt with Karl Malone and John Stockton that said NBA Jam in response to LeBron James comments.
On Thursday evening, Los Angeles Lakers Fan O’Shea Jackson Jr was on Twitter Space in a room hosted by ESPN’s Jorge Sedano when he uttered that the Jazz wouldn’t be this good if it were not for LeBron James.
“If wasn’t for LeBron James saying nobody plays with Karl Malone and John Stockton on NBA Jams the Utah Jazz wouldn’t be this good,” says O’Shea Jackson Jr.
Following the Jazz 117-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in game two of the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Donovan Mitchell led the way for the Jazz with 37 points, three rebounds, and four assists. The Jazz take a 2-0 series lead as the series shifts back to Los Angeles for games three and four.
Jackson Jr did say that he thought the Clippers would receive some home cooking and would win game three.