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World-Peace Still Defending LeBron James

Former NBA strongman Metta World-Peace took to social-media to defend Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. He mentioned ESPN Analyst Stephen A. Smith’s name specifically, and asked a question of the media in general about LeBron sacrificing his scoring for team basketball.

James is by far still playing like a superstar who is miles ahead of everyone. But there have been moments this season where his athletic ability has seemed to wane. Most notably in a 102-100 loss to the Utah Jazz where Gordon Hayward got a chase down block on James followed by a transition dunk.

Much like Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, LeBron James has been playing in the NBA since the age of 18, and has spent a significant portion of his career making deep playoff runs with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat. LeBron may be dealing with fatigue rather than the declination of his game.

40 Water Under The Bridge As Bryant Scores 27 Points In 28 Minutes

Kobe Bryant and Gordon Hayward both received lucrative contract extensions during the off-season.

The two battled during exhibition play with Bryant winning the personal battle, while Hayward’s Utah Jazz squad won the war, 119-86.

But that didn’t stop Bryant from jostling in the post with Hayward, once even drawing an offensive foul. As with Steph Curry a few nights earlier, he took on the challenge of fiercely harassing Hayward in a supposedly meaningless game.

Bryant played with purpose after being ranked ESPN as the 40th best-player.

“I’ve known for a long time that they’re a bunch of idiots,” said a wry smiling Bryant.

He continued to display excellent footwork and court savvy, including putting rookie Rodney Hood in the popcorn machine on a three-point play in the first quarter. He is effectively utilizing the screen-roll, and showed he can still get to the basket by driving past Hayward for a dish to Carlos Boozer.

“I would just hate to be one of the guys that doubted him,” Scott said. “I know he’s going to get stronger. I think he’ll have the last laugh.”

Kobe Bryant scored 27 points and Carlos Boozer had 17, but the Lakers couldn’t hit from beyond the arc, missing all five attempts.