LeBron unloads on National Football League owners' 'slave mentality'

Elena Summers
December 22, 2018

As the National Basketball Association season progresses further and further, it seems like early free agency & trade rumors for five-time All-Star Anthony Davis continue to surface.

James added that he was not surprised by how much attention his comments about Davis generated.

LeBron James took National Football League owners to task in the latest episode of "The Shop" via The Washington Post. "But that's just me", Gentry said. Davis is a superstar whom the Lakers would love to link with James, and he already is linked with James: Davis is now a client of Rich Paul's Klutch Sports Group, essentially James' shadow agency.

Several small-market general managers were upset the National Basketball Association did not intervene after James started openly recruiting New Orleans Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis, according to a report.

"I don't really care", Davis told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "I got to play nearly ideal every night to give us a chance to win".

But general managers told the network that the National Basketball Association looks at comments differently when they come from players.

"When you play this team right here, the bottom line is that LeBron is going to control the whole game down the stretch", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said.

Then he proceeded to name other great players he'd like to play with. "We're not trading him under any circumstance".

James stressed that he and other National Basketball Association players have still encountered resistance, even though they've been careful to take a non-violent approach to their activism.

Kuzma and Lonzo Ball hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to put the Lakers up 107-98 with 6:13 to play, and Los Angeles held on after losing its previous two games. Should he be traded and ride out the rest of his guaranteed deal, his new team - such as the Lakers or the Boston Celtics, who also are lurking in the Davis sweepstakes with trade assets galore - could sign him to a five-year, $205 million extension in the summer of 2020.

Representatives of the small-market franchises indicated they believe the National Basketball Association is fine with star players navigating toward the bigger markets. "In general, absent evidence of team coordination or other aggravating factors, it is not tampering when a player makes a comment about his interest in playing with another team's player".

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