Former NBA All-Star Destroys LeBron James, Criticizes His Game and Hairline in the Process

Brad Sullivan
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Former NBA guard Stephon Marbury directed a torrent of criticism at Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during an Instagram Live session.

Marbury, who last played in the NBA during the 2008-09 season, found fault with James on a variety of topics and offered some pretty brutal assessments along the way. These included his opinion of James’ performance during the Lakers’ Tuesday night loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Not content to merely focus on James’ alleged flaws on the court, Marbury then decided to ridicule the 35-year-old James’ hairline.

While the Lakers did lose on Tuesday night, James could hardly be blamed for the defeat after contributing a triple-double with 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists.

Marbury’s rants aren’t anything new, considering that earlier this year, he dismissed the idea of James being better than Michael Jordan.

“C’mon man,” Marbury said. “LeBron’s a great player. Don’t get me wrong. A great, great player. Unbelievable. Amazing. But better than Michael Jordan? – it’s not even the same. It’s just different. In fact, it needs no explanation or explaining because we can’t talk about Jordan’s game. It’s like we need to talk about what people are ‘not.'”

Critics of Marbury are likely to point to jealousy as the cause of his animosity toward James, since Marbury was named to the All-Star Game just twice and never played on an NBA title team.

In contrast, James is a 16-time All-Star, was named NBA Most Valuable Player four times and was Finals MVP on three league championship squads.

Such a comparison indicates that James will ultimately be remembered as an icon of the game, while Marbury is destined to be forgotten by future generations.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.