Mychal Thompson Calls Lebron A Crybaby, Thinks He’d Have Sucked In The 80’s
Okay everyone, hold onto your butts because I'm about to blow your minds. Mychal Thompson is a former NBA star who won two rings with the Lakers in the late 80's. He is also the father of Warriors shooting guard Klay, whose teammate Draymond Green has been suspended for Game 5 for his shenanigans on the court with Lebron James at the end of Game 4.
So I'm sure you will never believe what Klay's dad has to say about Lebron and his role in the scuffle that resulted in Green's suspension:
That's right everybody, we have yet another aging NBA player from the "good old days" who thinks he and his guys would've kicked these young bucks around with their raging trash talk. Setting aside the fact that a full grown man has his daddy telling the media that his rival is a crybaby, which is just plain embarrassing, there is so much else here that is just unbearable.
First of all let's check this whole "words guys said to each other back then" for what it really is; a glorified version of the truth. Sure, there were great trash talkers. In fact Larry Bird is known for being one of the greatest trash talkers in the history of the league. Here are some of his most famous trash talking lines, straight from the mouths of the people on the receiving end:
“I was guarding him my rookie year, he looked at me and he goes “you can’t stop me”…I looked at him and said “gosh, boy you’re so confident”. He goes “Confident? You’re a rookie, you don’t know anything!” -Clyde Drexler
“Larry walks in and says 'I hope all you guys in here are thinking about second place, because I’m winning this'…" -Michael Cooper
“I’ve got a pulled hamstring so I’m not playing. He walks down to me and says “man, I’m sorry you’re not playing, but I’ma tell you what, you’re here I’m a put on a show for you, so you just sit back and watch.” - Magic Johnson
Mark Aguirre hit a three pointer on Larry Bird and said ‘take a look at that’. Bird just came right back and hit three three pointers in a row, and said to him 'You’re out of your league.'
::exclaims with a British accent::
SECOND PLACE?!?!? How dare you, good sir!
Wow yeah, I can't imagine Lebron ever having to hear such atrocities hurled his way. Now yes, Larry's delivery and his confidence were what made his trash talking so epic. But let's not pretend like he was out there threatening to eat people's children. I'm pretty sure Lebron, and just about every other kid who has overcome adversity to become one of the best basketball players in the world, could have handled the "horrors" of 1980's trash talk.
Moving on from that, can we also stop being surprised when superstar athletes whine to the media or to the referees? You don't have to like it, but it happens in literally every sport. Have you ever played a game of Monopoly with your most competitive family member? I haven't, because I am that family member. I legitimately cannot stop the poor sportsmanship from coming out of my mouth. I'm not saying that it's my best quality, but I'd like to believe that wanting to be the best at the things I am good at has helped me to always believe in myself.
Lebron wants to be the best NBA player and when he's not, he doesn't handle it well. Tom Brady wants to get the ball out of his hands to his receivers so when he ends up on his ass in the backfield, he doesn't handle it well. Bryce Harper wants to hit home runs so when he lines out, he doesn't handle it well. Are you seeing a pattern here? These guys are wired to believe that they are the best, all the time. It's what makes them great and it's also what makes them get on the podium and blame everyone else on their team for losing...I'm looking at you, Aaron Rodgers.
At the end of the day, the only trump card to any of the whining and moaning is Championships. Mychal and Klay Thompson can bitch about Lebron's bitching as much and as often as they'd like, but tonight they have to win a game without Draymond Green. The Warriors have had little if any adversity across their season. Even Steph Curry's battle with injuries hasn't derailed them. The Larry O'Brien Trophy will remain in Golden State if they all just do their jobs. End of story.
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