Former Cavs Players Get Into Twitter War With Royce White After He Calls Out LeBron James

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Channing Frye and Kendrick Perkins blasted former NBA player Royce White for disparaging comments he made against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers recently.

White called out James and the Lakers organization for giving a roster spot to Jared Dudley while Carmelo Anthony was still available for the taking.

In response, the two former Cleveland Cavaliers players tweeted their take on White’s rant.

Frye and Perkins were teammates with James in Cleveland during his second tour of duty with the Cavaliers. They stood up for their former leader while attacking White at the same time.

White, who now plays for the BIG3, responded to the two with a jab of his own.

Despite being the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets, White’s NBA experience spans just three games for the Sacramento Kings in the 2013-14 season.

In a quick interview, White made it clear that while he holds Anthony in high regard, he has no problem lambasting the Lakers, James and Dudley.

“Melo is absolutely being blackballed,” White lamented as he started off his rant by defending the 16-year veteran. 

“He’s given too much to the game for them not to allow him to play or for them to culturally just make a decision or an agreement that he’s not good enough anymore. All of us here that played the game at the highest level know how good Melo is and we know that there’s no way that the Lakers would go out and sign Jared Dudley and not sign Carmelo Anthony.

“And another question is, while a guy like LeBron is walking around here like he’s the face and voice of the players, how is he letting his banana boat brother hang out there in the wings and they go sign Jared Dudley and not Carmelo. If anybody watching this thinks that Jared Dudley can hold Carmelo’s jockstrap, I’ll slap them.”

Anthony is considered by many as a first ballot Hall of Famer, but his reputation around the league has soured after unsuccessful stints with the Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder the past two seasons. In fact, no team took a chance on him after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls, who traded for him in January of this year.

Meanwhile, Dudley played 59 games for the Brooklyn Nets, averaging 20.9 minutes per game.

If James had pushed the Lakers to sign Anthony, it would have given the team more firepower off the bench, but perhaps at the expense of team chemistry.

A strong-willed former superstar such as Anthony could potentially disrupt the Lakers’ bid for a championship, and this is likely the main reason why the team chose to go with Dudley rather than the 10-time All-Star.

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Omar is a former staff writer with the King James Gospel. He is a Cavaliers fan who has followed the team from the Mark Price-led 1980s team to the LeBron era. Omar applauded the King's return to the Land and celebrated the team's first championship in 2016. He has pledged to defend the Land every chance he gets.