Basketball legens Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has slammed NBA star LeBron James for making an obscene gesture last week when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers.
Abdul-Jabbar called out James for his “stupid and childish” celebration.
“GOATs don’t dance,” Abdul-Jabbar blasted.
“For me, winning is enough,” he continued.
“Why do you need to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the court?
“It doesn’t make sense. GOATs don’t dance.”
James was fined $15,000 for making the “big balls” gesture and also got a warning over using profane language.
The NBA posted a statement to Twitter saying James was fined for making the gesture while on the court and “warned for using profane language during media availability in response to league imposed discipline.”
“The incident occurred with 1:17 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 124-116 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday at Gainbridge Fieldhouse,” the statement said.
“I mean, it’s some bulls**t,” James said. “But whatever.”
The NBA fined James $15,000 for making an “obscene gesture” during the Los Angeles Lakers’ overtime win against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night, the league announced Friday.
James drilled a big 3-pointer in overtime to lead the Lakers to the 124-116 win, and hit Sam Cassell’s iconic “Big Balls” celebration as he made his way down the court.
The NBA has been fining players for that celebration — which has become incredibly popular in the NBA and across sports — very strictly for nearly a decade.
The NBA has fined LeBron James $15,000 for his Sam Cassell celebration on a clutch 3-pointer in Lakers’ win over Indiana.
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