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LeBron James Dumb to Offer Advice To Rival Paul George

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Remember the old NBA? The NBA where players and coaches hated each other like bitter exes? The league where a hard foul wasn’t considered a flagrant, but a tough play? You know, the good old days. What ever happened to that?

The NBA has lost much of its rough-and-tumble side to a generation of whining, flopping players who rather have dinner after the game with their opponent than guard him on the court. What could possibly happen next? LeBron James offering to mentor Paul George?

DING! DING! DING! We have a winner.

George recently said he would hope to get some advice from James this summer, and James chimed back that he would be open to mentoring the young star. Um, wait a minute LeBron. Did you just say what I think you said? You would be open to giving George advice? You can’t be serious?

As if the ever-growing tensions between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers don’t mean anything, James would be willing to mentor the very player who nearly dethroned himself and Miami as Eastern Conference champions. This seems like a preposterous idea, unless James somehow plans on turning this “mentor” session into a mind game.

You would think that since the Pacers came so close to knocking off the Heat last year that James would be reluctant to give advice to George. His advice could be the difference between Miami making a fourth straight Finals appearance and Indiana claiming the spot. Either James didn’t think about that, or he is not too confident in his own advice.

I don’t know what it is, but I would advise against James doing this, and I wish the NBA would return to its old ways when players hated one another and winning was all that mattered.

Shane Phillips is an NBA Writer for Follow Shane on Twitter @ShaneRantSports, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.