La — LeBron James defended his comments about needing to play Pelicans star Anthony Davis, rattling off the names of some other celebrities he would really like to team with and rejecting the notion that he did anything wrong.
Talking to reporters after Friday’s 112-104 triumph over New Orleans, James was asked when he erred when he told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin this week that it would be”amazing” to play Davis a while. Told that some felt it had been erroneous for James to chat about a second player under contract, James responded,”So?”
“What’d I do?” James said. “What did I do? Can it be right or wrong?”
Then he jumped to mention several some other wonderful players he want to play with.
“seriously, guys, that isn’t rocket science. These are wonderful players. Definitely. I would love to play with plenty of amazing players. That is exactly who I am. Folks get caught up in bunches some times once they wish they can restrain exactly what you say, plus they can’t restrain me, at all.
“And I play by the rules”
James added that he wasn’t surprised by just how much attention his comments about Davis generated.
“Obviously not, no,” James said. “Anything I say will create some thing “
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that several small-market general managers privately expressed outrage over what they believe is that the NBA’s unwillingness to enforce the team’s tampering rules in light of James’ opinions about Davis, who’s also represented by James’ agent, Rich Paul.
An NBA spokesman told ESPN on Friday that James didn’t commit tampering.
“Every case is evaluated on its own truth,” the spokesman told Wojnarowski. “Generally speaking, absent evidence of team co ordination or other significant factors, it isn’t tampering every time a new player creates a comment about his interest in having fun with yet another team’s player”
New Orleans head coach Alvin Gentry told colleagues in Los Angeles that the franchise will not exchange Davis, who’s under contract throughout the 2019 20 year old.
“No, we aren’t trading him,” Gentry said. “We are not trading him under any circumstance. You can proceed from that one”
The NBA has shrunk the Lakers $500,000 (Paul George) and $50,000 (Antetokounmpo) for organizational tampering over the past couple of decades, but has resisted punishing players.