After the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar LeBron James’ team lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday at Crypto.com Arena, he paid tribute to the late rapper Takeoff during his post-game news conference. James, 37, also criticized NBA officials, claiming they had admitted to him repeatedly over the previous two years that they just made mistakes with calls that were in his favor.
James gave a snappy “No” in response to the question of whether he believes the situation will alter this season. James is averaging 4.9 free throw attempts per game through nine games of the 2022 NBA season. Since joining the league in 2003, James has never ended a season averaging less than 5.7 attempts per game.
Here’s the clip of LeBron on the refs. He does not seem pleased about how he’s been officiated the past few seasons. pic.twitter.com/ufl2KShIQQ
— Michael Corvo (@michaelcorvoNBA) November 7, 2022
James honored the late rapper Takeoff by adopting a well-known ensemble that he once wore. James discussed how much he loves the Migos at his post-game news conference and elaborated on the significance of Takeoff’s passing for the neighborhood.
“If he [Takeoff] was in here, you guys wouldn’t even know he was in here,” James said. “He was the most quiet, chill, in the bag, don’t want no problems type of guy. It’s just another instance of gun violence.”
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) November 7, 2022
The four-time NBA champion must acknowledge he’s having trouble with his shot this season despite officials brazenly swallowing their whistles when James is fouled. James is only making 21 percent of his attempts from outside the arc and shooting only 44.7 percent overall.