The Los Angeles Lakers trounced the Portland Trailblazers 136-113 on Friday. Lebron James scored 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting. He added seven rebounds and eight assists. Anthony Davis also had a monster night, leading all scorers with 39 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field and 13-of-15 shooting from the free-throw line. He also notched nine rebounds, three blocks, and two assists. The Lakers are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the best record in the NBA. In the third quarter of the game, Lebron James was heading up court, jogging backward, when he runs into a waitress and sends her crumbling to the ground. As soon as he notices her on the ground, James reaches down and lifts her up then gives her a huge hug.
After the game, Lebron spoke about playing against Carmelo Anthony. "We've been competing for a long time," he stated. "We've been on the same team with the Olympics, and then just our brotherhood. That's my brother, man. It's always great to be able to compete and just be on the same floor—period. No matter if it's, like I said, with Team USA, when we're teammates or just competing on our respective clubs." The two ballers have been in the league for 17 years.
LeBron James Hooks Up Young Jazz Fans With Game-Worn Shoes: Watch
LeBron is on his good-guy energy.
When you're a young fan at a sporting event, your dream is to actually meet one of the players and potentially get their autograph. There is no better feeling than being able to meet your heroes and unfortunately, only a few actually get to do it. During last night's game between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, two lucky Jazz fans got a special gift from the king himself, LeBron James.
As you can see in the clip below, a little boy and girl are ushed near the court where LeBron takes off his shoes and begins autographing each foot. From there, he gives one shoe to each child before they run back to their seats in a fit of giddy excitement.
What's particularly heartwarming about LeBron's gesture, is that he gave the shoes to kids who were sitting in the higher sections. All too often, it's the kids in the more expensive courtside seats that get the shoes. If you're sitting higher up, your chances of interacting with the players are next to none. LeBron is well-aware of this and wanted to do something special for some young fans who probably had no idea they'd ever possess such a great gift.
Not to mention, this Lakers colorway of the Nike LeBron 17 is pretty fire. It will certainly make a great decoration piece in their homes.
KCP Credits LeBron James For Helping Him Through Rough Patch
LeBron is flexing his good teammate skills.
At the beginning of this season, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was getting lit up on social media for his poor play with the Lakers. KCP was struggling to get shots off and his stats were some of the weakest of his career. For many, this would result in a serious decline as the social media slander can easily get to one’s head. In a recent interview with Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times, Caldwell-Pope explained how he got out of his funk and that a lot of it had to do with the encouragement of LeBron James.
“I’ve got real brothers in the locker room,” KCP said. “They helped me get through it. Even though it was a lot on myself, they helped me get through it. I have a bunch of guys who have been through that, especially that No. 1 guy has been through that — LeBron (James) has been through criticism his whole career. So he talked to me a little bit. ‘There’s nothing to worry about. Just play.’”
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LeBron also talked about what it was like to help KCP and that at all times, he has his teammates’ backs.
“If one of our brothers is going through a difficult time, we pick him up,” James said. “And we let him know we’re right there in the foxhole with him, and that’s just what we were telling KCP early on when he was struggling with his shot or struggling with his play.
When you think about how this Lakers team supports each other, it becomes clear why they are one of the best teams in the entire league.
Dwight Howard Hits A Rare Three-Pointer And NBA Twitter Erupts
Howard is having a comeback for the ages.
Dwight Howard has always been known as a large center who can dunk, get blocks, and play some shutdown defense. When it comes to his shooting ability, Howard has never been known as a marksman and heading into last night's game against the Utah Jazz, Howard only had six made three-point shots in his entire career.
During garbage time, the Lakers were already up by 20 and Howard figured he would experiment a little bit. As you can see in the clip below, this experimentation paid off as Howard hit a quick three that had fans questioning what they had just seen. It was a pretty good shot although you can tell Howard was just a little hesitant about whether or not he really wanted to do it.
This latest shot is yet another example of how Howard has been able to revitalize his entire career this season. There were questions as to whether or not Howard could still play at a high level in the NBA but this season, Howard has been proving all of the doubters wrong. While his stat lines have been modest, he has been able to make a huge impact and Lakers fans are loving it.
Check out some of the best reactions to the three-point shot, below.
LeBron James’ Ridiculous On-Court ‘Malfunction’ Fires Up NBA Twitter
"It was the worst thing, probably one of the worst things I've ever done in my career."
NBA players get away with travelling on a nightly basis, but what LeBron James pulled off on Wednesday night in Utah was nothing short of ridiculous. During the first quarter of the Lakers' 121-96 win over the jazz, LeBron casually walked, literally walked, with the ball across half court before dribbling the ball again and the refs swallowed their whistles.
Apparently, LeBron got distracted as he watched teammate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope collide with Donovan Mitchell. When speaking with reporters after the win, he described his egregious error as a true "malfunction."
"I think at the same time, I was watching the underneath play, and KCP and Donovan got into it. KCP started to run, and Donovan bumped into him, he fell on the ground," James said. "I think I was ready to pass the ball, and my brain just kind of just, I had a malfunction. I really had a malfunction."
He added, "It was the worst thing, probably one of the worst things I've ever done in my career. I didn't realize I did it until halftime. One of my coaches showed me."
Check out some of the reactions to The King's uncalled travel below.
LeBron James Accused Of "Disrespect" By Jazz Announcers For Not Wearing Shoes Courtside
Little did they know, he'd just gifted them to a young fan.
The Utah Jazz announcers were fed up with LeBron James's antics courtside at Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. At one point, LeBron's teammate Kyle Kuzma pulled a moved that got James on his feet. In the video, LeBron is seen on the court sans shoes, a move that didn't go unnoticed by the announcers.
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"Look at LeBron. He’s on the court...with no shoes," they said. "What is going on here? That’s some disrespect right there." As insignificant as the remarks may have been, a clip of the moment swiftly made its way through social media. While the announcers were quick to point out the lack of footwear on LeBron's feet, they weren't aware of why the NBA star no longer had shoes on.
The basketball player had just given, and autographed, the shoes right off his feet to two little kids. The interaction was captured by cameras that followed the excited children up the stairs as they gave high-fives on their way back to their families. "Lebron makes two kids night giving them his (autographed) game worn shoes and the Jazz commentators turn it into a 'he’s being disrespectful for celebrating on the court with no shoes' narrative?!?," wrote one Twitter user. Check out clips from both moments as well as reactions, below.
LeBron James Passes The Torch To Bronny With Touching IG Tribute
Bronny has been killing it for Sierra Canyon.
LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of this generation and at 35 years old, he continues to surprise us with his play on the court. The Los Angeles Lakers veteran is currently in his 17th season in the league and at this point, he is looking ahead to his future. Part of his future is his family, which includes his oldest son Bronny. LeBron’s namesake has been tearing it up in youth basketball and now, he is playing for Sierra Canyon High School in California.
Recently, Bronny came through with a scintillating highlight that made the rounds on social media. LeBron has a ton of pride for his son and in light of Bronny’s accomplishments, he took to Instagram to offer a nice little tribute. As you can see, LeBron wants to give Bronny and the rest of his children the blueprint to success.
“It’s My Job to pass along to Blueprint so it allows him(his brother and sister) to Rumble Young Man Rumble! Heir to the Throne,” LeBron wrote.
Bronny is currently 15 years old which means in a few years from now, he will be able to play for a college team, if he’s good enough. From there, Bronny could potentially be in the NBA which would be quite the sight to see, especially if he somehow plays at the same time as his dad.
Lakers And Nuggets Fans Throw Hands After LA Victory: Watch
These fans were getting a little wild.
Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets battled it out in what was a fight for Western Conference supremacy. While it was impossible for the Nuggets to overtake the Lakers last night, fans wanted to see what the purple and gold would do against a team that is actually good. In the end, the Los Angeles Lakers were victorious and increased their record to 18-3. They were also able to avoid their first back-to-back losses of the season.
After the game, things got a little testy in Denver as one group of Lakers and Nuggets fans got into a bit of kerfuffle. As you can see in the clip below, a Lakers fan is talking down to a female Nuggets fan. When the male Nuggets fan steps in, he gets punched in the face by the man with the LeBron jersey. Eventually, the whole thing gets broken up and both parties go about their business.
Sports fans getting into fights is nothing new but that doesn't make it any less jarring when it actually happens. Both of these fanbases are quite passionate and sometimes, it manifests itself in harmful ways.
So far, no injuries have been reported and no arrests were made.
Anthony Davis Reportedly Needed IV Fluids During Lakers Win
This is not a fun situation to be in.
Anthony Davis has been a huge addition to the Los Angeles Lakers this season and continues to put up big numbers as the team keeps winning games. Last night, Davis matched LeBron James point for point as they both finished with 25. The Lakers were finally able to defeat a top tier team in the Western Conference which was, of course, the Denver Nuggets. Interestingly enough, Davis was battling an illness the entire game as he had flu-like symptoms.
Somehow, Davis was able to push through and had himself a great game. According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, AD had his fair share of adversity throughout the game and during the intermission, he needed IV fluids to keep him going. This kind of treatment isn't exactly rare although it serves as an indicator for just how hard Davis is willing to push through for his team.
The Lakers will certainly want to keep Davis healthy this season as he has a history of injuries. While the flu is something that can eventually pass, you never want to see your star player strain themselves too much. Luckily, the situation wasn't too dire and AD was able to give the Lakers a solid 37 minutes.
With last night's win, the Lakers are now 18-3 on the season.
Carmelo Anthony Comments On Joining LeBron James & The Lakers
Some felt like LeBron should have gotten him a spot in LA.
Carmelo Anthony is currently playing for the Portland Trail Blazers and it took a lot of convincing before he finally got a contract in the NBA. Luckily, he’s finally back to his old self and fans are loving every single second of it. While Portland seems to be a great fit for Melo, there were rumors throughout the summer that he could end up with the Los Angeles Lakers thanks to his affiliation with LeBron James.
In the end, Anthony was never offered a deal with the Lakers and some fans felt like it was shady on LeBron’s part. Recently, Melo spoke on the possibility of joining the Lakers and his communication with James throughout the free agency process. As it turns out, Melo was never asking for any favors.
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“There were a lot of teams that I thought I was going to be on,” Anthony told Tomer Azarly of Clutch Points. “As far as LeBron goes, it’s something we’ve talked about since we were in high school. It wasn’t in his power. Some people might say it was in his power. But it’s not something that I was calling him and talking to him about, asking him, ‘Can you do this for me?’ I would never put him in that position because a lot of times it’s deeper than that, and I started understanding the business of basketball.”
While Melo on the Lakers would make for some compelling television, it seems like both parties are comfortable with their current situation which is all that matters.