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Former Teammate On LeBron James: ‘He Ruined Basketball’

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LeBron James didn’t just ruin Space Jam, he also ruined basketball, according to former teammate Iman Shumpert. James, who’s made a habit of cherry-picking teammates and home teams, shaped Shumpert’s opinion when he initially left Cleveland for Miami in the summer of 2010.

“It was Bron going to Miami. Bron knows he ruined basketball,” said Shumpert, when the topic of Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Warriors was discussed on the Bootleg Kev podcast. “He thought he was making it better, I get it.”

Shumpert and James teamed together in Cleveland for three seasons, including the Cavaliers’ 2016 championship. Shump’s of the belief that LeBron’s power play — when he decided to take his talents to South Beach — forever changed the game. “Me personally, I loved the NBA for the loyalty that I thought was there. He basically knocked the fourth wall down,” said Shumpert.

He added, “Great business move for sure.”

Not surprisingly, Shumpert’s hot take quickly made its way to the Twitter table, which included social media users questioning his belief that LBJ started “super teams.” Shumpert responded by again taking aim at James’ largely unpopular decision making.

“Find me the year the top player left his throne and joined someone else,” tweeted Shumpert. “Closest thing was Shaq but Bigs have to pair up and Kobe was the juice. Bron had no need and had all the influence. I can debate this all day.”

The 31-year old Shumpert, who last played in the NBA in 2019, was a 39% career shooter. On the Bootleg Kev podcast, he didn’t miss.

 

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Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. Mr. James’ career path has been all about Mr. James. So many players have discounted the contributions of the players of the 90’s and the 00’s.

    His politics have driven the Woke atmosphere of the NBA.

    I’ve been an NBA fan for decades. I went to a Houston Rockets game when they played in the Astrodome because they couldn’t find a home. I remember watching the Finals game when the broke in because of the Bronco Chase in LA. I’ve been a fan.

    No longer though.

  2. Lebron James is a BILLIONAIRE. Fuck your feelings. There were super teams before Lebron but I. Sure this plays well with the MAGA Veey Fine People crowd but it’s not the truth. Stick to baseball and wrastlung….”Ball Dont lie …Compete or sit

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