Chris Paul Responds to LeBron James' NBA Criticism

Published April 4, 2024 at 0:04

Much has been made about the shortened NBA season, which saw a fair share of injuries to some of the biggest players in the association. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and Jamal Murray were just some of the many who were sidelined as the season came to an end. Many critics said that the non-stop speed of the season, which started just weeks after the previous one concluded, led to these mishaps. One of those critics was LeBron James, who tore into the NBA's schedule in an epic Twitter rant.

Well, now Chris Paul has (sorta) responded to James' remarks about the NBA and its schedule. Simply put, he isn't too bothered by it.

«Injuries are always unfortunate. You hate to have them. But just like when we went to the bubble, everything was discussed as far as the players and the full body of players. Everything that's good for this guy and that guy might not be the same for that guy. But everything has always been a conversation, and it's going to continue to be that way. So if people don't like it, then you know everybody has the same opportunity to be a part of all these conversations.»

He went on to defend the league, saying that there is "always a conversation" between players and the NBA. He also added that those on the court are constantly involved in the decision-making process.

«One thing about our league and its players is everything is always a conversation. There's a ton of guys on the executive committee who are working hard on things right now as we speak -- day in and day out, traveling. I wish you guys knew all the things that are going on. So decisions that are made as far as playing or not playing, players are always involved in it.»

It is important to note that Paul is the president of the National Basketball Players Association so he might have a bit more of those conversations than other players do. It is also important to note that this is one of the first times that Paul and James have publicly disagreed about things. The two friends go back a long way and usually see eye-to-eye on nearly everything, they're very close. But as Paul is about to embark on his first Finals run, it seems like he is ready to speak for himself no matter if it's in opposition to one of his best buddies.
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