Lakers Forward LeBron James let loose in a Twitter feed earlier this month; after the last All-Star suffered an injury during the 2021 playoffs.
Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard was ruled by Los Angeles for game 5 against Jazz due to a knee sprain. The injury also caused him to miss game six of the Western Conference Semifinals. It has also caused him to miss game one of the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Suns.
ESPN and The Athletic additionally reported that the team fears he suffered an ACL injury. Other notable NBA All-Stars suffered injuries during this year’s playoffs James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Anthony Davis, and LeBron James.
After Leonard was ruled out for game five against the Jazz, James took to Twitter to voice his frustration with the start of the season.
“They all didn’t wanna listen to me about the start of the season,” James tweeted. “I knew exactly what would happen. I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME!”
“If there’s one person that know[s] about the body and how it works all year-round it’s me!”
On Sunday, TMZ Sports caught up with FS1 ‘Undisputed’ host Shannon Sharpe at LAX. Sharpe was asked to share his thoughts on James’ beef with the NBA.
“Look, the NBA wanted to recoup some money, they were in a pandemic and lost money,” Sharpe shared, “but the players wanted to get those paychecks.”
“They couldn’t play without the NBA and the [NBA Players Association] agreeing. So, everybody’s equally culpable because they needed the money and the players wanted the paycheck. It is what it is.”
The NBA responded to the Lakers superstar, saying the injury rates are actually the same as in previous seasons.
However, Sharpe said he felt different this year due to the nature of the high-profile injuries.
You can see Sharpe hosting FS1’s Undisputed with Skip Bayless Monday through Friday.