Even LeBron is not immune to this new age of players and fans getting into almost constantly.
When the Lakers submitted an underwhelming performance against the Clippers on Wednesday, that seemed to displease one foul-mouthed Lakers fan in particular.
The fan, who was wearing a Kobe jersey, started mouthing off at LeBron and whatever he said was apparently vulgar enough to catch James’ attention and rile him up.
The two of them then proceeded to engage in a heated war of words.
LeBron got into it with a Kobe fan late in the Lakers' loss to the Clippers 😳
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The fan was pointing to his his ring finger, which didn’t seem to please LeBron, who of course won a ring for LA in 2020.
The whole exchange just goes to show that there a still Lakers fans out there who haven’t embraced LeBron, even after he led the team to their most recent championship.
Normally winning cures everything, especially winning championships. But for some fans, clearly nothing will ever be good enough.
LeBron James Speaks on Lakers’ Loss to Clippers
LeBron James says the Lakers’ tough schedule played a major part in their 118-125 loss to the Clippers.
The Lakers are coming off a five-game road trip which ended with a back-to-back.
“It’s tough. It’s one of the toughest games we’ve had this year,” James said. ” … This was one of those scheduling conflicts in the season. And it definitely got the best of us tonight.”
LeBron also addressed how the Lakers feel about which seed they finish with.
“Wherever we end up, that’s where we end up,” he said. “It’s been like four or five seasons in one for us. We don’t have the luxury of (picking and choosing). … Wherever we fall, we’ll be ready to go.”
Lakers head coach Darvin Ham also spoke to the media and addressed his decision to play James and Anthony Davis 35 and 32 minutes respectively, compared with Kawhi Leonard’s 43.
“We did what we had to do to give ourselves a chance to win not only tonight, but to keep our players in good standing health-wise moving forward,” Ham said.
The Lakers will now round out the regular season with home games against the Suns and Jazz.
They are currently seventh in the West. At 41-39, they have the same record as the eighth-placed Pelicans and sit one game behind the sixth-placed Warriors.