Richard Jefferson: LeBron James isn't an all-time Laker

Richard Jefferson: LeBron James isn't an all-time Laker

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Richard Jefferson: LeBron James isn't an all-time Laker

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“LeBron James has not done enough as a Laker to be on that list,” Jefferson said. “Bron been there now — this is his fourth season, right? They’ve been in there four seasons. Two years, they haven’t made the postseason. One year, they lost in the first round. And one year, they won a championship.”
Source: Brad Sullivan @ Lakers Daily

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
ICYMI, Friday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We discussed the league retiring Bill Russell’s number, how it affects LeBron and the Lakers, and Kyrie’s “paradigm shift” tweet. (And also, how it could affect the Lakers.)
@LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…8:42 PM
Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
In 2008, LeBron James scored 251 clutch points.
Kobe Bryant finished in second with 147.
LeBron scored 104 more clutch points than anyone else in the NBA. Kobe and Michael Redd were the only two players to score half as many as LeBron.
I’m flabbergasted here. – 1:36 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
LeBron vs. Luka on Christmas? Report says Lakers at Mavericks part of Dec. 25 schedule nba.nbcsports.com/2022/08/13/leb…8:14 AM
CBS NBA @CBSSportsNBA
LeBron James, Lakers to play Luka Doncic, Mavs on Christmas in first draft of 2022-23 NBA schedule, per report
cbssports.com/nba/news/lebro…11:58 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The first draft of next season’s NBA schedule has Lakers at Dallas/LeBron at Luka on Christmas Day, league sources tell me.
Changes are still possible before the full schedule officially drops next week but Christmas games usually hold.
More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com9:48 PM
Bryan Kalbrosky @BryanKalbrosky
If he committed to Oregon, four-star Bronny James would join an exciting recruiting class that already includes five-star Mookie Cook — who is set to play LeBron James in an upcoming biopic.
bit.ly/3C3u5Zo | #GoDucks @marquiscookk7:42 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked On Pelicans is live! Would you rather…
🏀 Lose in the NBA Finals or get the #1 pick
🏀 Draft Bronny to get LeBron or take best player available
🏀 Be over or under dressed?
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzTh35
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBESaga40 pic.twitter.com/mgjuwZQPFW3:30 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Active players to average 17/5/5 as a rookie:
— LeBron James
— Luka Doncic
— Cade Cunningham pic.twitter.com/86f3DsEosr2:38 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked On Pelicans is live! Would you rather…
🏀 Lose in the NBA Finals or get the #1 pick
🏀 Draft Bronny to get LeBron or take best player available
🏀 Be over or under dressed?
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzBFEv
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBES9YyFq pic.twitter.com/oi47bWhHxv12:59 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
LeBron in Miami:
27/8/7
54/37/76%
4x All-Star
4x First Team All-NBA
2x MVP
2x FMVP
Hall of Fame resume in a 4 year span. pic.twitter.com/oBOzJLI2Yj12:36 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked On Pelicans is live! Would you rather…
🏀 Lose in the NBA Finals or get the #1 pick
🏀 Draft Bronny to get LeBron or take best player available
🏀 Be over or under dressed?
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzTh35
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBESaga40 pic.twitter.com/zQz9zvLYpt11:30 AM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Friday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We discuss the NBA honoring Bill Russell, and how it affects LeBron and The Lakers. Plus, Kyrie tweets about paradigm shifts! #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
Subscribe. Rate. Enjoy. Thx!
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…11:20 AM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Antetokounmpo praises LeBron James: He is best player in the world and he’s still in year 18 sportando.basketball/en/antetokounm…10:55 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
Only players to win Finals MVP for multiple teams:
— LeBron James
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
— Kawhi Leonard pic.twitter.com/vSxcRadj4I10:04 AM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked On Pelicans is live! Would you rather…
🏀 Lose in the NBA Finals or get the #1 pick
🏀 Draft Bronny to get LeBron or take best player available
🏀 Be over or under dressed?
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzTh35
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBESaga40 pic.twitter.com/jCO7y1jWDq9:33 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
ICYMI: NBA to retire No. 6 (Bill Russell), with Heat expected to retire it again (LeBron James) sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…8:11 AM
Dwight Jaynes @dwightjaynes
Our friend, the great @Chris Haynes joins us on Rip City Drive today at 5:20 to talk Blazers, Lakers, LeBron and a lot of NBA stuff… AM 620. @Joe_Fann at 4:20, too – 6:03 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
NBA to retire No. 6 (Bill Russell), with Heat expected to retire it again (LeBron James). sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… Plus, a caffeinated contribution from Duncan Robinson. – 4:38 PM
LeBron James @KingJames
Man I’m literally watching Bronny and Bryce on the court together for the first time in a game situation!! This is INSANE!! I’m EMOTIONAL AF!! WOW – 4:21 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
If LeBron James retires as a Laker, should the Lakers retire his jersey?
If he retires after this season, he will have played his final five seasons with the Lakers, won an NBA championship, been named an NBA All-Star five times and become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. – 3:38 PM
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
LeBron James will be the last Lakers player to ever wear No. 6. pic.twitter.com/ordIvDWBBO3:20 PM

John Karalis @John_Karalis
LeBron would make one hell of a PR move if he switched his number – 3:11 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
The NBA and NBPA just announced that they will honor Bill Russell by permanently retiring his uniform number, 6, throughout the league.
No Heat players have worn No. 6 since LeBron James left. – 3:07 PM
Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
Although No. 6 will be retired and no longer available for players in the NBA to wear, LeBron James is among players that will be grandfathered in and can continue wearing the number. – 3:06 PM
Mike Vorkunov @MikeVorkunov
The NBA is retiring No. 6 leaguewide in honor of Bill Russell. No player will ever be issued No. 6 again. Players who already wear No. 6, like LeBron James, will be grandfathered in and still wear it. pic.twitter.com/0jE0HC3R4V3:05 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
The NBA will permanently retire Bill Russell’s No. 6 throughout the league. He will be the first player to have his number retired across the NBA. Players who currently wear No. 6 such as LeBron James will be grandfathered. – 3:04 PM
Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Thursday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We discuss @Chris Haynes‘ article detailing the LeBron/Ham/Pelinka meeting about the offense running through AD, Russ corner 3’s, defense, patience and more. #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dar…11:33 AM
Drew Hill @DrewHill_DM
Penny Hardaway, wearing “Born For Greatness” socks and special Kobe Bryant golf shoes, spit out his plan to add a few more players to the roster.
The model of those players?
“Kevin Durant and LeBron James,” he joked. dailymemphian.com/section/sports…11:21 AM
StatMuse @statmuse
The most All-NBA selections by an active player:
18 — LeBron James
17
16
15
14
13
12
11 — Chris Paul
The only player in NBA history with more than 15 selections. pic.twitter.com/fap1POHJsP10:55 AM

More on this storyline

Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn’t much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “If you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,” Wade said. “… You don’t win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.” -via Clutch Points / August 13, 2022
It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: “We knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,” he claimed. “Because of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. … So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.” -via Clutch Points / August 13, 2022
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… 🤔 Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd) pic.twitter.com/0fKrdStGsK -via Twitter @ClutchPointsApp / August 13, 2022
Draymond Green: I’m watching the 98 Bulls vs Utah in the Finals… I can’t help but notice our 2017 team would’ve beaten these Bulls by a dub and these Jazz by 40 if they’re going to play these brands of basketball. And that’s why it’s dumb to compare Era’s. Richard Jefferson: Bro your 2017 team is the 2nd best team I played against BUT LETS CALM DOWN !! Also, I like the move of this text on Sunday afternoon. EVERY SHOW TOMORROW “ Draymond SAID WHAT”  -via Twitter / July 25, 2022
Forty-two-year-old Richard Jefferson stepped on an NBA court for the first time since he retired. But it wasn’t to play — it was to referee a Las Vegas Summer League game. Jefferson — who spent seven seasons with the Nets, and won a 2016 title with Cleveland — refereed the second quarter of Monday night’s Knicks vs. Trail Blazers game at Thomas & Mack Arena. “Part of the reason why I agreed to do it is because I had such a tremendous amount of respect for the officials. I understand how important they are to our game,” said Jefferson, an ESPN broadcaster. “I got texts from Monty McCutchen. I got texts from Bob Delaney. I was getting texts from Scott Foster, Zach Zarba, because I have relationships with these guys because I respect what they do in their craft. -via New York Post / July 12, 2022
And Jefferson saw the irony in his refereeing debut coming against the Knicks. He had a long history of both beating them as a player with the Nets, and of prodding their fanbase while a Nets broadcaster. “I have no issue with the Knick fans. I understand when they see my face, I understand they can get frustrated for all the years of pain that we tormented them through,” Jefferson joked. “No, I respect the Knicks. Part of the rivalry — and it’s like Ohio State-Michigan, UCLA-USC, Duke-North Carolina — the Knicks are the team in the town. We’re the Nets, so there’s always going to be the rivalry. “There’s always going to be that energy and I have no problem leaning into it, playing into it. Nothing but a ton of respect for everybody in the Knick organization though.” -via New York Post / July 12, 2022

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