Michael Cooper Criticizes LeBron James For Eating During A Preseason NBA Game
It’s NBA preseason basketball time, and some fans, spectators, and ex-players aren’t happy with the game’s star players. According to Sports Illustrated, former Laker Michael Cooper was critical when he observed LeBron James eating at the end of the Lakers bench.
Cooper said on an appearance of “The Showtime Podcast,” “I didn’t like it. I didn’t like that. Again, he’s LeBron James, but still, you got to have respect for the game man, man. He’s sitting over there. I don’t mind the guy eating, but go eat in the locker room, and then when you come out and be part of the team, not just sit at the end of the bench eating.”
James had just finished playing 18 minutes, tallying 12 points, two rebounds, and five assists when he must have gotten hungry. He went to the back, changed into street clothes, and began eating food at the far end of the bench.
Cooper, who won five titles alongside Magic Johnson as part of the Showtime Lakers, was not as amused as NBA Twitter was.
LeBron really came out in the second half wearing street clothes and eating dinner 💀
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) October 14, 2023
So… LeBron is disrespecting the game and his teammates just because he’s eating food during a PRESEASON game!? pic.twitter.com/Pf6ZlRONEG
— Shaun Bellamy (@KingSB93) October 15, 2023
Old POS loser mad at someone for eating.
I don't even know anything about you but I bet you say stuff like this for clicks all the time.
Just another worthless LeBron hater mad because he's better than his favorite player. https://t.co/BrlP9jQltE
— Uncovering the Truth (@shendy456) October 14, 2023
— @Fastblackkid™ 🌠 (@Reggie_FBK) October 15, 2023
I still can't believe the Lakers got zero votes as a championship contender in the annual GM poll. But I definitely can believe LeBron got zero votes in the category of which player you'd want with the ball in hands with the game on the line.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 14, 2023
Cooper’s comments align with those of Howard Eskin, a sideline reporter for sports radio 94 WIP who was critical of the Lakers swingman.
Eskin wrote, “Total lack of respect for the game and his teammates by LeFraud James. Also looks like he knows its wrong asking teammate to hide him. Surprised he didn’t ask for waiter service.”
Cooper, who never averaged over 12 points in a season, may be a five-time NBA champion, but he is certainly of a generation where public appearances matter. Much like Charles Barkley’s open disdain for “load management” or the practice of resting players to conserve their energy or lessen injury chances, Cooper believes in the integrity of the game.