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The moribund Los Angeles Lakers snapped the 11-game winning streak of the red-hot Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, but nobody really wanted to talk about LeBron James inching closer to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record, or the Lakers getting back to within a game of a play-in playoff spot, or the Grizzlies falling a full game and a half behind the Denver Nuggets for the top seed in the Western Conference.
Indeed, the sports world was abuzz after that Lakers-Grizzlies game, but not for any actual basketball reasons. Rather, all anyone wanted to talk about was… Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe?
That’s because Sharpe, the former Denver Bronco and Baltimore Raven, was at the center of a wild, bench-clearing scrum involving multiple Grizzlies players — and one notable Grizzlies player’s dad.
To rewind a bit: Sharpe, who currently co-hosts FS1’s “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless, has crafted something of a brash and outspoken persona. One of the ongoing bits on the debate show is that Sharpe plays foil to Bayless’ never-ending crusade against James by being an unashamed and unabashed LeBron supporter.
The brash and outspoken Sharpe, attending the Lakers game on Friday, naturally ended up at a game in which James was playing perhaps the brashest and most outspoken team in the NBA.
It’s worth noting that James already had some bad blood with the Grizzlies.
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