LeBron James is angry.
Usually, that’s terrible news for the opposing team. However, James Harden and the Houston Rockets are probably delighted by the King’s frustration.
Why? Because they didn’t cause it. LeBron James let an insignificant social media comparison get into his head when he should be focused on his opponent.
The whole drama kicked off when Lebron’s former teammate, Richard Jefferson, compared Giannis Antetokounmpo to Scottie Pippen. Check out the clip below:
Pippen was none too pleased, as he hilariously clapped back at Jefferson:
The egos were already ripe, and Twitter had its fun. But the show was just getting started. Not long after this exchange, ESPN analyst Jay Williams entered the fray. And he brought LeBron James along with him.
So LeBron was a Pippen with D Wade once. Nothing wrong with that until you get over the hump.
It doesn’t seem like much of a jab, honestly. During LeBron’s first year in Miami, he did play more of a ‘second fiddle’ role to Miami hero Dwayne Wade. Then Wade told him, “this is your team,” and LeBron assumed the Jordan role.
But LeBron James took Williams’ tweet to heart:
As the Rockets prepare to play the Lakers tonight in game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, James Harden can use all the help he can get.
A distracted LeBron James certainly helps.
The Lakers are favorites in the matchup, but Houston is one of the most unpredictable teams around. If they can hit their threes, it’s anyone’s series.
And if that’s the case, the Lakers will need a fully focused LeBron James. Right now, they’re getting a sensitive, distracted version of their superstar. At least we won’t have to wait long to see if it shows.