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LeBron James Lashes Out At Critics Of Jayson Tatum During NBA Finals

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LeBron James is used to criticism. 

He’s handled it since he was a highschool basketball phenom in Akron, Ohio. While James feels it’s a part of being knowledgeable athlete, he said critics can have gone too far with Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum during his first NBA Final appearance. 

“Listen, normally the people who’s saying the s*** is the one’s that is never walked in the world,” James said on the newest edition of HBO’s `The Shop.’ “Theodore Roosevelt, “The Man In The Arena,” talks about it. Man, it’s really easy to s*** on people if you … They’ve never ever raised they blood-pressure level or they heart rate above a 60 and so they out here telling you what you need to do, how you need to kick, how you need to do that role, how you need to paint.” 

Tatum battled inconsistency within the Celtics’ 4-2 loss to the Golden State Warriors, who won their fourth title since 2015. James, who played for the Miami Heat from 2010-14, compared it to when he led the Cleveland Cavaliers against a seasoned San Antonio Spurs team within the 2007 Finals. The Cavs were swept 4-0.  

“It’s like Jayson Tatum is a beast,” James said. “He didn’t play to his standards … Like man, he had a hell of a season and them guys ain’t even 25 yet. He’ll be back. He’s got nothing to hold his hat on. He played against the identical team my first Finals. I played against the Spurs. It’s same s*** and so they took advantage of me not knowing much.” 

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