In clarifying his comments from a day prior, Walt Frazier said he was disappointed that a role model of LeBron James’ reputation and stature appeared uninterested in his team.
But the Knicks legend said his comments were borne out of surprise with James’ behavior, and not meant as a criticism.
“You’re above that, you’re better than that. You can’t be like the proletariat, you’re The King,” Frazier said during Monday’s MSG telecast of Knicks against Toronto. “That’s the title he wanted. People say he’s like our Muhammad Ali. He speaks for black people. He has a school where he’s teaching kids to do the right thing.”
During a timeout in the first quarter of Sunday’s Lakers-Knicks game, James was spotted on the end of his team’s bench and disengaged from coach Luke Walton’s huddle. It prompted Frazier to declare on the air, “When you’re the face of the NBA, you should be more a part of your team… And right now you see he doesn’t really care.”
Since James’ desire has been a hot topic and the Lakers are a dumpster fire this season, Frazier’s commentary kickstarted articles and debates in sports talk shows.
Frazier added more context Monday.