The NBA playoffs are underway right now. Featuring best of the best players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant, the playoffs is arguably the most exciting time of being a NBA fan.
This season’s post season has had its fair share of surprises. With injuries to superstars like James Harden, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis, two of the biggest favorites to win the championship, the Lakers and the Nets crashed out within the first two rounds of the playoffs.
They all didn’t wanna listen to me about the start of the season. I knew exactly what would happen. I only wanted to protect the well being of the players which ultimately is the PRODUCT & BENEFIT of OUR GAME! These injuries isn’t just “PART OF THE GAME”. It’s the lack of PURE
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 16, 2021
While this certainly some other teams like the Suns and the Hawks to make a deep playoff run, a major reason for all these injury woes was the condensed fixture list.
Superstar LeBron James was certainly not the biggest fan of this as he took to Twitter and criticized the NBA for the same. In a series of tweets, LBJ lashed on the league for forcing players to play so many games in such a short time.
Shannon Sharpe reacts to LeBron James criticising the league
While James certainly made a valid point, analyst Shannon Sharpe had a different take. The veteran analyst in a recent interview said that the players were equally responsible for the rushed season.
“The NBA wanted to recoup some money. They were in a pandemic; they lost money; the players wanted to get those paychecks they couldn’t play without the NBA and the NBA PA agreeing. Everybody’s equally culpable because they needed the money, and the players wanted the paycheck it is what it is”
But Sharpe also condemned how the condensed season affected many of the players. “I do believe that a condensed season playing three games every other week because the more rigorous the sport, the more rest you need. To try to play three games basically you’re trying to get 72 games in two and a half three months that’s asking an awful lot of the guys.”
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