The Sunday slate of NBA Playoff action saw the Portland Trail Blazers stage a tremendous second-half comeback to eliminate the Denver Nuggets in Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals.
C.J. McCollum would seal the deal with a long deuce to officially ice Denver and send Portland to the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
While everyone on social media was giving their props and sharing their thoughts on Portland's advancement, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James decided it was the right time to go on a Twitter rant...regarding analytics.
That’s exactly why I don’t wanna hear all that analytics talk! In PLAYOFF games when it usually come down to 1/2 possession games down the stretch, just get me bucket! The best shot during that possession. And if it’s a Pull-up 2 then so be it cause it was the best SHOT!— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 12, 2019
We're guessing that James overheard some people complaining how the Trail Blazers should've gotten closer to the rim on their final possession and couldn't help but share his feelings on that topic.
@CJMcCollum showed you exactly that! #330 Boyz something different! Congrats bro ✊— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 12, 2019
Of course, he threw his support behind McCollum in a direct tweet towards the Portland shooting guard.
Subtly (not that subtly), James also went onto claim that analytics are essentially "fake basketball."
When y’all want to talk REAL basketball let me know. — LeBron James (@KingJames) May 12, 2019
James would continue by retweeting a Twitter user who shares his same feelings about analytics not telling the whole story of a singular basketball game.
Of course, LeBron ignores a core tenet of the analytics movement here: of course, the long two is shunned. It's inefficient. But if it's the best way to stymie an opponent down the stretch, then by all means go for it.
For the first time in a longtime, LeBron James is a spectator for the NBA Playoffs, and has been pretty vocal throughout. However, he will not stand for anyone sullying the mid-range jump shot. Those are fighting words for "King James."