LeBron James recently celebrated a deep 3 over Myles Turner with the “big balls” dance, which netted LeBron a $15,000 fine.
In his final piece for Substack, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls LeBron to that celebration and says it’s under him.
“For me, winning is enough. Why do you have to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the field? There is no point. GOAT don’t dance.”
What I love about the more public, willing Kareem we’ve seen in recent years is that he’s an antidote to the former “get off my lawn” players who populate a number of prominent NBA commentary spots. He wants the players to speak out, he is more attuned to the evolution of the game and his political views are thoughtful and insightful.
This comment is an exception. Some fans may want more of an “I’ve been here before” attitude from LeBron. Personally, I want more player emotion – that’s part of the game’s draw. Players must play with passion and show that passion. If that celebration takes forms that not everyone likes, well, so be it. There is not one way a legend or a GOAT can behave.
We also need to stop leaving Kareem out of the GOAT conversation – he can make a claim as strong as anyone else.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls On LeBron To “Big Balls” Celebration: “GOATs Don’t Dance” Originally Appeared On NBCSports.com