The LA Clippers’ Patrick Beverley seemingly threw shade at LeBron James on Twitter.
Players around the league, led by Kyrie Irving, met with league officials on Friday to discuss their concern with returning to play. They cited several issues and the league said they would take their thoughts into consideration. Not part of that chat was LeBron James. He wants to play. Patrick Beverley of the LA Clippers took to Twitter to say that’s all that matters.
Was the tweet (below) a veiled shot at James?
It certainly seems so.
It has always been joked about that LeBron runs the league and Bev’s tweet seems to further cement that idea. While we can’t know for sure, the #StayWoke seems to imply that Beverley knows this is a superstar league with none bigger than LeBron James. James has been adamant that he is ready to return to play.
Beverley and James have gone at it on the court and given their history, Bev taking a shot here isn’t surprising. Beverley has been one of the more vocal players during the hiatus, seemingly not ready to return to the court just yet given both the continued COVID-19 issues and the protests due to social injustice.
It’s not just Beverley that believes James will return. According to ESPN, a league executive is positive he will make the Orlando games happen.
“LeBron is going to make sure those games [in Orlando] are played, because he knows they could have a huge impact on his legacy,” an Eastern Conference executive said. “He knows picking up one or two more titles is the potential tipping point, and he’s determined to go for it.”
James understands that all he is playing for at this point is legacy. At 35 years old, missing out on a chance at another title to further cement that legacy is devastating, especially when he is part of one of the top teams in the NBA. A push to play on his side makes sense.
The wait continues for the NBA season to possibly resume or be canceled amid player concerns. Make sure to continue checking here for all your news and updates as the LA Clippers get ready for a title run.