Sports analyst Stephen A. Smith reacted to LeBron James saying he does not care about personal stats following the Lakers’ win over the Bucks. The four-time champion made the comment in response to Dave McMenamin’s question about LeBron’s success over Giannis Antetokounmpo.
“Nah, I think all you guys know me. It’s never been about the individual. It’s all about the team’s success. That’s all that matters. I couldn’t care less about that. I just try play well versus any opponent. That’s what it’s all about,” James said.
According to Stephen A. Smith, these comments were not true at all. “Hell no, I’m not buying that. I’m not buying that and I think that LeBron stood in front of the cameras last night and lied to the American public and anybody else who was listening. But I’m not knocking him for it,” he said.
“LeBron wouldn’t be as great as he is if all he thought about was the outcome for the team. Especially in the sport of basketball there is some individual pride that seeps into the equation where you put dudes on notice ‘This is who the hell I am, don’t forget.’
“When LeBron sits up there and goes in for a layup and gets an and-one and flexes his muscles is that about the team? When he sits up there and dunks on somebody and screams at the crowd is that about the team?” Smith explained his remark.