After the Lakers lost their first game of the season, LeBron James left his seat on the bench before any other player to head down and hug Lonzo Ball. This act has sparked a wide range of reactions from across social media platforms including criticism, praise, mockery, memes etc.
The “lakers game score” is a tweet from LeBron James after the Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets. LeBron left the bench early and immediately praised their opponent on Twitter.
LeBron James is becoming irritated as he continues to miss games with the Los Angeles Lakers due to an abdominal issue. He was so impatient that he didn’t even stay to see the final minutes of LA’s rout of the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.
With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter, James continued his humiliating act by taking out his phone and thanking a Bulls player on Twitter.
From the bench, LeBron James hasn’t relished seeing his undermanned Lakers.
During a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers sits on the bench | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Throughout his famous NBA career, James has seldom lost any time due to injuries being the superhuman athlete that he is. In each of his 18 seasons as a player, the 36-year-old has appeared in at least 55 games.
However, earlier this month, James faced a rare setback when he was diagnosed with an abdominal injury. He’s now missed LA’s past seven games, and he’s not happy with what he’s witnessed from the bench.
The Lakers have gone 3-4 without James, but it’s the manner in which they’ve lost these games that’s the most concerning. Los Angeles has fallen to the 5-8 Oklahoma City Thunder and the 7-8 Portland Trail Blazers in the previous two weeks. The Lakers were again humiliated by the 4-9 Minnesota Timberwolves in a home defeat by 24 points.
The Lakers were defeated by the Bulls in another blowout loss at Staples Center on Monday night, and LeBron couldn’t even stay for the whole game.
LeBron James leaves the Lakers bench early and compliments their opponent on Twitter for no apparent reason.
LeBron James has had his fill. With 5:18 remaining in the game, he walks to the locker room with the Bulls leading the Lakers 114-88.
November 16, 2021 — Mark Medina (@MarkG Medina)
Chicago had a commanding lead of over 30 points over the Western Conference favorites with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ defeat to the Bulls on Monday night. James thought he’d seen enough at that time. As the rest of his squad stayed for the remainder of the blowout, he swiftly rose from his seat at the end of the bench and slipped back to the locker room.
This isn’t the first time James has done anything like this. Last season, when the Lakers were behind by about the same amount in Game 5 of their playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, LeBron went to the locker room at a similar stage in the game. After the game, the Lakers reported that James had left the bench early to get care for his ailing ankle, so this may have been a similar move with his stomach issue.
Even so, it wasn’t a good image for the locker room’s leader. What difference would it make if you had an additional five minutes?
To make things worse, seconds after the final buzzer, James took to Twitter to express his gratitude to former teammate and current Bulls player Alex Caruso.
A humiliating display of inadequate leadership
With James on the bench, the Lakers are losing games left and right, and they’re now in risk of slipping below.500 before he returns. What sort of message does it convey as the team’s vocal and emotional leader when he leaves adversity to praise a former teammate on Twitter?
LeBron is in charge of righting the ship, and although he can’t do it on the court right now, it’s more crucial than ever that he’s there for his teammates to help them through difficult times. He won’t be able to do it from the locker room, where the rest of the squad is staying for the game’s conclusion.
No one on that side of the field is pleased with LA’s recent struggles, but fleeing doesn’t address the situation. It merely adds to the problem.
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