After members of the Los Angeles Lakers called foul after seeing their leader LeBron James go down with an injury, Atlanta Hawks’ Solomon Hill is defending himself.
The Lakers are in a bit of a pickle at the moment. Not only are they down their All-Star big man Anthony Davis, but LeBron James has also now been ruled out indefinitely after suffering a high ankle sprain during yesterday’s matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.
Hill rolled over James’ right ankle while going after a loose ball, causing the usually insanely durable superstar to leave the game early, which his Lakers lost 99-94. Before he angrily left the game, James did bury a three-pointer for good measure.
Following the game, James’ teammates, Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell, had some interesting takes on the situation. Schroder called the incident an “unnecessary play,” while Harrell told reporters, “We didn’t feel like it was a basketball-type of play,” further adding that “…He had to go through his leg to get through the ball.”
Hill didn’t appreciate the insinuation that he intentionally hurt LeBron James responding in a tweet, “would never disrespect the game and take a player out purposely… he knows that. that’s all that matters to me. praying for a speedy recovery. #riptothementionstho #moredmsthansaweetie.”
James expressed his frustration about the injury on Twitter but vowed to be back soon, writing, “Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now. The road back from recovery begins now. Back soon like I never left. #ThekidfromAKRON”
The Lakers are currently 28-14 and hold the third in the West. This stretch without James and Davis could prove to be a difficult one for the defending champions. Their next matchup will be the second-seeded Phoenix Suns on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.