Former NBA champion-turned Knicks broadcaster Walt “Clyde” Frazier criticized James for his behavior on the bench in Sunday’s game between New York and the Los Angeles Lakers. When James spent a timeout alone at the end of the bench while Luke Walton spoke to his players, Frazier argued that “when you’re the face of the NBA, you should be more a part of your team… And right now you see he doesn’t really care.”
Sunday wasn’t the first time that James separated himself from his teammates on the Lakers’ bench. Back in February James sat at the end of L.A’s bench in a blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers, and the 34-year-old has faced criticism since (and beforehand) for a perceived lack of leadership in failing to guide the young Lakers through a minefield of injuries and leaked Anthony Davis trade proposals. Frazier’s comments didn’t go so well with fans…
In clarifying his comments from a day prior, Walt Frazier said he was disappointed that a role model of LeBron James’ reputation and stature appeared uninterested in his team.
But the Knicks legend said his comments were borne out of surprise with James’ behavior, and not meant as a criticism.
“You’re above that, you’re better than that. You can’t be like the proletariat, you’re The King,” Frazier said during Monday’s MSG telecast of Knicks against Toronto. “That’s the title he wanted. People say he’s like our Muhammad Ali. He speaks for black people. He has a school where he’s teaching kids to do the right thing.”
Since Frazier’s criticized Lebron he has received an out pour of support.