Since the epic collapse of LeBron James in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals, where he shot a combined .340 from the field in the final three games, many haters have brought up the rumor of his then-teammate Delonte West allegedly having an affair with Gloria James (LeBron’s mom).
LeBron has never spoken about it, but Delonte West has, but has tried unsuccesfully to deny it.
On Thursday’s edition of ‘First Take,’ Stephen A. Smith pretty much confirmed the rumor when he responded to former NBA superstar Kevin Garnett making some bold comments that the Boston Celtics “broke” LeBron and forced him to flee Cleveland in favor of Miami.
“We broke LeBron… You understand how he got to Miami?” He added, “The Cs, we didn’t give a fuck about LeBron. We didn’t fear LeBron and we didn’t think that he could beat all five of us. And that’s how it felt. He was trying to consolidate because he didn’t want the pressure on him.”
As you can see, Smith seems to allude to the rumors about former Cavs guard Delonte West’s alleged affair with LeBron’s mother as one of the main reasons the four-time MVP left Cleveland the first time, not because of his inability to deal with the Celtics.
“There were personal issues going on with LeBron James and his teammates. He was disrespected and he was flat out betrayed,” says Smith. He adds, “He was betrayed by some of his teammates and that Cleveland organization, and that played a role in why he left Cleveland to go to Miami.”
Social media certainly thought he was talking about it:
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