To many former and current professional professional athletes, LeBron James' cramps were no laughing matter. While some San Antonio Spurs fans and assorted LeBron haters may have been having a field day ripping James for leaving Game 1 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter because of cramps, several athletes were quick to defend the four-time NBA MVP.
"There is no athlete on the planet who could've played through those cramps," Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports after San Antonio's 110-95 win on Thursday night. "Michael Jordan absolutely couldn't have played through those cramps. I absolutely couldn't have played through those cramps. As an athlete, there's nothing you could do."
Several other notable sports stars took to Twitter to support James.
Cramps are absolutely the worst to contend with.
— Dominique Wilkins (@DWilkins21) June 6, 2014
Cramps are real. We had a guy with full body cramps ask to "call the police." Not the ambulance. The police.
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) June 6, 2014
Whoever is killin Bron for comin out the game has never had severe cramps! You literally cant move...
— Anthony Tolliver (@ATolliver44) June 6, 2014
Those cramps ain't no joke trust me. ......
— Shelvin Mack (@ShelvinMack) June 6, 2014
I would love to see some of these ppl walk around their house with cramps like that, don’t even mention playing in a bball game.
— Quentin Richardson (@QRich) June 6, 2014
LeBron might be the most
scrutinized athlete ever. Have you ever had full body cramps? Even MJ isn't playing thru that.
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) June 6, 2014
ANY person seriously saying Lebron should have played through full leg cramps bc Jordan played with flu has NEVER been an athlete EVER....
— Donte' Stallworth (@DonteStallworth) June 6, 2014
Even if Bron played he wouldn't have been a factor the guy couldn't move yo!
— Courtney Upshaw (@334Upshaw41) June 6, 2014