Does LeBron James smoke? NBA Finals celebration cigar sparks rumours

Jane Corscadden October 13, 2020
Does LeBron James smoke? NBA Finals celebration cigar sparks rumours
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…Pun intended. Does LeBron James smoke? His NBA Finals celebration cigar gave birth to smoking rumours among fans. What does the GOAT have to say about this?

What sparked the rumour?

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Lakers won their first NBA title in a decade after triumphing over Miami Heat.

LeBron James won MVP (Most Valuable Player) award following the game.

To celebrate their great win, LeBron James and his fellow Lakers players celebrated by smoking cigars.

James even shared a nice moment on FaceTime with his mum following the game. Cigar in hand, of course.

This has led some fans to wonder how James can criticise his son, Bronny, who accidentally posted a video of himself smoking weed earlier this year.

So, does LeBron James smoke?

Although not a regular smoker, LeBron James does celebrate with a cigar after most big basketball wins.

When his then team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, won the NBA championship in 2016, LeBron smoked a victory cigar at the press conference.

Is LeBron James the GOAT?

James’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers, won their first NBA Championship in a decade yesterday. The NBA Championship is the biggest title a team can aspire to in the basketball world.

This was the team’s 17th NBA Championship win, and James’s fourth. This is big news all around.

Winning four championships firmly places James alongside other basketball GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) players, such as Michael Jordan.

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Support for BLM

James is also in the news today for his ongoing support for social justice issues, and especially the Black Lives Matter movement. However, the player has always been outspoken in his support for the movement.

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In fact, Black Lives Matter and the related protests almost spelled the end for the NBA playoffs. A sports boycott was held in August, led by the Milwaukee Bucks in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and against racial injustice in the US.

This led to a league-wide boycott that almost resulted in the playoffs being cancelled.

Enter LeBron James, who offered a compromise. The playoffs would happen, but players were allowed to wear pro-Black Lives Matter t-shirts and the NBA would donate money to social justice organisations.

So, we can thank James for the NBA Championships going ahead this year!

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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.