Jennings, who is sidelined for the season after tearing his left Achilles last month, was taking questions from fans on Twitter when talk turned to his choices for the best NBA players of all-time. After naming Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Jennings was asked about his exclusion of James.
"he run too much when s--- gets tough. Never just stuck it out. Like MJ. Magic. Bird. Kobe."
The tweet was referencing James' high-profile free-agent departures from Cleveland in 2010 and Miami in 2014. Responding to a bevy of replies criticizing his top six, Jennings tried to walk back his criticism.
don't have to @ him. I didn't say he was bad player. Just said he didn't stick it out with Cleveland
Jennings, in his sixth season and second with Detroit, averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 assists per game before the injury.
James, in his 12th season and the first in his second stint with Cleveland, is averaging 26.2 points, 7.4 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.
- Mike Fiammetta