Last week, during LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, a member of the Cavaliers’ front office no less celebrated a missed shot a little bit too enthusiastically.
James quietly noticed such gesture and went on to put up 46 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, including 21 points in the final quarter to lead the Lakers to the win.
On Monday night as the Lakers beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-99, a more heated incident occurred, as Two supporters with courtside seats could be heard heckling James in the fourth quarter, leading to the four-time MVP to respond in kind with a few choice words of his own.
The incident led to the two fans being ejected from the arena by security as the Lakers eventually closed out the win. Reflecting on the incident after the game, James insisted he was still glad to welcome fans back into NBA arenas, even adding that he didn’t think they should have been removed from the game.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building. I missed that interaction. I need that interaction. We as players need that interaction,” he said.
“I didn’t think it warranted that they should be kicked out. There was a back-and-forth between two grown men. We said our piece. He said his piece, I said my piece.
“Then someone else jumped into it and said their piece. But I didn’t think they should have been kicked out.
“But they might have had a couple of drinks, maybe and they could have kept it going and the game wouldn’t have been about the game anymore. So I think the referees did what they had to do.”
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