LeBron James criticized for shoeless celebration at end of game

Christopher Brito

LeBron James hit back at Utah Jazz announcers Thursday after they criticized him for celebrating courtside without his shoes. The NBA superstar had signed his sneakers and gifted them to two young fans during the Los Angeles Lakers' 121-96 win against the Jazz Wednesday night.

James was celebrating in his socks on the sidelines after two straight blocks from his teammates. His reaction caught the attention of Jazz announcers Craig Bolerjack and Matt Harpring, prompting one of them to say,"That's some disrespect right there. Please. This isn't playground ball."

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Earlier, on the Lakers broadcast, James was seen giving his shoes to a boy and girl. The announcers later acknowledged James' act.

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