Lakers’ LeBron James Defends Himself After Criticism Of His Behavior At End Of Game Against Jazz

LeBron James says he has no regrets about his behavior at the closing of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 121-96 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night.  James was criticized as being disrespectful for coming onto the court in his socks to cheer on teammate Kyle Kuzma; however James wasn’t wearing shoes because he took off the sneakers he was wearing, signed them, and gave them away to two kids in the stands.

James took to Instagram on Thursday to address the announcer’s remarks. Below a clip from the broadcast, James wrote: “Imagine doing your job at the highest level to where you’re not needed anymore, giving your shoes to a lil girl and boy who you inspire and hoped you made proud that night, then cheering on your teammates cause you love seeing them succeed more than yourself only to be criticized while doing it. People it’s the world we live in and you can’t let it ever stop you from your purpose in life.”

James finished the gam with 20 points, 12 assists, and four boards as the Lakers improved to 19-3 on the season.

Sock hop: LeBron defends elation amid criticism


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