Retired NBA player Drew Gooden says the fact that LeBron James led a bunch of nobodies to an Eastern Conference title in 2007 is not completely false. Admitting the king’s support distribution was the “least talented group” he has ever taken to the final.
TMZ Sports recently spoke with a former LBJ teammate in LAX and veteran Big Man, who was a member of the 2007 Cavs team. He says he understands why people criticize LBJ’s teammates this season, but he thinks they are missing the big picture.
“I think they might be halfway right on that one,” said Gooden. “The reason why, I ain’t gon’ say scrubs, but you know what, I just want that to glorify how raw and talented LeBron James was at that age.”
“You gotta give that man props, especially at that age, for doing what he did,” he added.
Cleveland won 50 games in 2006-07 with assistance from LBJ, Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Larry Hughes, and Eric Snow as the core of that team.
They would reach the finals but were swept by the San Antonio Spurs led by Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili.
Speaking of LeBron James, he shared earlier this week after the Lakers lost to the Miami Heat, he is tired of losing and doesn’t want to waste his career not competing for Championships.
“I’m a winner, and I want to win,” James said. “And I want to win and give myself a chance to win and still compete for championships. That has always been my passion. That has always been my goal since I entered the league as an 18-year-old kid out of Akron, Ohio,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
“And I know it takes steps to get there, but once you get there and know how to get there, playing basketball at this level just to be playing basketball is not in my DNA. It’s not in my DNA anymore. So we’ll see what happens and see how fresh my mind stays over the next couple years.”
The Los Angeles Lakers are currently 14-21 and play the Atlanta Hawks on Friday Night at 7 pm EST.