LeBron James told Liz Cambage to “keep being you” as he wished the Aussie basketball star a happy birthday, before delivering a salty response to a personal snub.
Cambage turned 30 and received plenty of well-wishes from friends and basketballers. NBA icon James posted a photo of the two on his Instagram story, writing “Happy birthday @ecambage. Keep being you!” with several emojis including a closed fist, love heart and crown.
Cambage appreciated the love, re-posting James’ message on her own Instagram story.
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LeBron James told Cambage to "keep being you".Source:Instagram
Cambage never made it to Tokyo.Source:Supplied
Cambage has been embroiled in controversy in recent months, coming under criticism at various stages. In May she threatened to boycott the Olympics after taking offence to photos used to promote the Australian team, which she claimed did not represent the true diversity of the country’s athletes.
She eventually backed down on that threat and agreed to take part in the Games. But then came reports of verbal abuse and a physical altercation during a private scrimmage with Nigeria at training camp in Las Vegas. There were also allegations Cambage had left the team’s bio-secure bubble to go out in Sin City – which she denied – and rumours Opals players were discussing kicking Cambage out because she was proving too disruptive.
Cambage withdrew from the Games before the team jetted off to Japan, citing mental health reasons and concerns she would not be happy living in a bubble for the entirety of the Olympics.
Cambage came under heavy criticism for her alleged behaviour before the Olympics.Source:Getty Images
Cambage was loving all the birthday attention on social media this week but James wasn’t thrilled with the news he hadn’t received a single vote from 10 NBA scouts and executives asked to name the best player in the league.
Those surveyed by ESPN split their votes between Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kevin Durant of the Nets.
James responded on social media by joking the results suggested he was washed up. “#SUPERWASHED,” he tweeted, with an emoji of a bin.
On his Instagram story, the 36-year-old wrote “WASHEDKING” with a crown emoji, reflecting his moniker as The King, over the top of a story detailing how he received zero votes in the poll.
In another post, James re-posted a series of crying laughter emojis about his snub. In a further tweet, he suggested he would use the result to spur him on.
“THANK YOU! As if I didn’t need more to (motivate) ME! #Washed,” he added, again with a crown emoji.
LeBron has even more motivation to fire heading into next season.Source:AFP
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