Jun 6, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT
Landon Donovan’s appearance on the Dan Patrick Show wasn’t limited to soccer, as the Los Angeles Galaxy star was asked for his thoughts on the injury that has dominated the NBA world today: the cramping that caused LeBron James to miss the end of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Now, of course, Michael Jordan missed playoff time with cramps, and any player who wasn’t properly hydrated on a soccer pitch knows how briefly-debilitating a cramping calf or hamstring can be. But, let’s hear from the American soccer legend:
“I keep reading and hearing all this crap about how LeBron was soft and weak and I just wanted to give an athlete’s perspective…
“People can play through broken bones… pulled muscles… intense pain, but when your body seizes up on you, you have no chance. I feel bad for the guy that he’s taking so much stick.
“It’s just not fair. When it happens, you can’t move. There’s nothing you can do. It’s not a tough thing. If you don’t think he’s played through, and all those guys have played through, immense pain through all the years, you’re crazy.”
The drama surrounding how Donovan treats his body at his age, and how Jurgen Klinsmann feels about it, adds a little spice to the topic (though not much).
But the fact that his LeBron story dominated the press with anything other than, “Wow, what an inopportune time to cramp up,” is hilarious. I’m not even close to a LeBron fan and I’ve got no beef with the big man.
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