LeBron, Coach Get Into Shouting Match Steps Away From Court

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As the Lakers were closing out the half in an eventual home win against the Timberwolves, LeBron James and assistant coach Phil Handy got into a heated exchange. Apparently, James was upset that Handy was talking to Avery Bradley, whom LeBron claimed was open during the final play.

Handy, according to Twitter, told LeBron that Bradley spoke to him first. What a bizarre argument. Watch:

Phil Handy is a well-respected coach in this league, and it’s likely that LeBron and him argue often because they have both paid their dues. Doesn’t mean they don’t get along. It probably says more about their competitive nature from their own decorated careers than anything else.

Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson argued weekly, whether about implementing the triangle offense or allowing other teammates to take the final shot. The point is that LeBron and Handy have major egos that’ll clash from time to time, and the last thing you want to do when a pass-first point guard sees an open shooter is start a dialogue with said shooter.

This was a weird one for sure.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. I’m struggling to figure out why the Chinese Communist Party thought this would be a good narrative… I mean, no red-blooded American is still watching the NBA, so what message was trying to be sent here?

    • Red blooded Americans play the game and watch the game but if Maga Loving Very Fine People want to take over the NBA and NFL with your great competitive conservative spirits let have at it. Quietly we are waiting on you. Ijs “Jesse Owens was right, nothing special about you”…. Man vs man

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