Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out LeBron for “big balls” celebration: “GOATs don’t dance”

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LeBron James celebrated a recent deep 3 over Myles Turner with the “big balls” dance, which earned LeBron a $15,000 fine.

In his latest piece for Substack, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out LeBron for that celebration, saying it’s beneath him.

“For me, winning is enough. 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.”

What I love about the more public, willing-to-speak-out Kareem we have seen the past couple of years is that he an antidote to the “get off my lawn” former players that populate some high profile NBA commentary spots. He wants to see the players speak out, he is more in tune with the evolution of the game, and his political opinions are thoughtful and insightful.

This comment is the exception to that. Some fans might want more of an “I’ve been here before” attitude from LeBron. Personally, I want more player emotion — that is part of the game’s draw. Players should play with passion and show that passion. If that celebration takes forms not everyone loves, well, so be it. There is no one way for a legend or a GOAT to behave.

Also, we need to stop leaving Kareem out of the GOAT conversation — he can stake a claim as strong as anyone.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out LeBron for “big balls” celebration: “GOATs don’t dance” originally appeared on NBCSports.com