Former NBA player Mychal Thompson, the father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson, doesn’t think Cavaliers star LeBron James would have made it in the league back when he played.
“LeBron couldn't have survived in the 80s with the physicality and the words guys said to each other back then,” Thompson said, according to The Mercury-News’ Diamond Leung. “We all respect LeBron’s ability...but man, sometimes he acts too entitled like he's supposed to get everything he wants.”
James and Klay Thompson exchanged verbal barbs on Sunday. Thompson said James had his “feelings hurt” by Draymond Green’s smack talk in Game 4, and James laughed that off and said he’d take the “high road.”
Mychal played with the Trail Blazers from 1978–86, before joining the Spurs for half of a season in 1986 and finishing his career with the Lakers from 1986–91.
James is widely considered one of the more physically gifted athletes in basketball history.
The Warriors lead the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, 3–1, with a chance to close out the series at home on Monday.
– Kenny Ducey