Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes has much to say about LeBron James’ infinite legion of fans. In a viral video of Barnes commenting on footage from the abruptly canceled Crawsover Pro-Am event in Seattle, Washington, he unloads on the people showing extra love to James when he appeared at the event.
“Don’t lie though; I want y’all to watch this next clip and tell me if the d***eating is crazy,” Barnes said while watching the video.
LeBron was clearly warming up by doing a light dunk from under the rim, and the reception he received from one fan wearing a fitted cap twisted to the side was too much for Barnes’ liking.
Scottie Barnes clowning this LeBron fan 😅
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“Watch what the man does here, now, and [LeBron fans] went crazy. No way, no way. He is d***eating with a hat on. I’m in tears, bro. This guy has me dead.”
Luckily for Barnes, James couldn’t really get busy due to complications with the event. The NBA’s only active playing billionaire, James’ time on the Seattle basketball court was cut short after humidity made the court too slippery to play on, and the event was canceled during the second quarter. However, the CrawsOver Pro-Am league game brought many big league names from the NBA to the Pacific Northwest.
Scottie Barnes has quickly made a name for himself in the NBA. He was the Rookie of the Year after being picked at No. 4 by the Toronto Raptors, defeating the mock drafts that had former high school standout Jalen Suggs in that position; Suggs went to Orlando Magic.
Obito Uchiha x Scottie Barnes (@ScottBarnes561)
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Barnes, a Florida State product from West Palm Beach, Florida, logged 15.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 3.5 apg, but his versatility has impressed the masses. Raptors coach Nick Nurse has assembled a team of switchable defenders with the size and ability to guard any of three or four positions. He has also shown talent in his ball-handling and the ability to evolve into a point guard-meets-forward post.
He has also emerged as a leader for the Canadian squad. Barnes finished fifth in scoring, third in assists, second in rebounds, third in effective field goal percentage, and third in touches by team rank. FiveThirtyEight, the statistical analyst site, lists among Barnes’ ten most comparable players among the league’s elite. He is similar to the aggressive play of point guard Russell Westbrook, the fierce driving of Jaylen Brown, as well as superior forwards like Thaddeus Young and Rudy Gay.
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Before Kevin Durant decided to stay with the Brooklyn Nets, Barnes was mentioned as a possible centerpiece in a then potential Durant deal. Now the world realizes Barnes has a supersized opinion about those who stan over LeBron James.
Ironically, Barnes and his teammate Malachi Flynn joined forces in a Pro-Am game on the same weekend, the Ball Don’t Stop game at Mattamy Athletic Centre in downtown Toronto. The two put on a show for the spectators, with Flynn dropping 54 points while Barnes contributed 34 points for a 143-131 win.
However, it didn’t get more coverage than James’ brief appearance at the Crawsover event, even though they performed in front of a sold-out crowd too.