More than most sports, the NBA seems to be driven by egos and showing up the opposition as players equate superior skills with a round ball to masculinity — while machismo is now verboten in America, professional athletes still get a pass for some reason.
All of which works well for Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James, who’s in his element when it comes to displays of braggadocio, though that would result in the left-ling player finding himself in a headlock this week. Good naturedly, of course.
It all began when the 6′ 9″ LeBron jumped higher than everyone else — opposition was minimal — with the ball to deposit it with determination in the round netted hoop that serves as a “basket.” Never mind that he wiped out the defender who was standing his ground in the paint — to call officiating in the NBA subjective is to be kind.
“LeBron! Look out below!” Lakers play-by-play man Bill McDonald excitedly call out, while broadcasting partner Stu Lantz exclaimed, “Oh my lord… Oh. My. Lord.”
THROW IT DOWN LEBRON!! 🔨🤯 pic.twitter.com/ZwHqMQZZqB
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 22, 2022
Turns out, the player he obliterated was Cleveland Cavalier’s Kevin Love, a former teammate — LeBron once played in Cleveland.
In a break between quarters, Love confronted his friend and former teammate over the posterizing dunk by putting LeBron in a headlock… a prolonged headlock.
Ah, boys will be boys…
— NBA TV (@NBATV) March 22, 2022
Love also had this to say on Twitter:
I’m not f*cking with my guy @KingJames for atleast the next 48hrs!!!! 😂😂😂
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) March 22, 2022
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Suprised refs didn’t call a tech.
— LeGoat (@Blakeyflakes23) March 22, 2022
“This is how you treat your friends?!” lol
— GhostPanda (@GhostPandaStorm) March 22, 2022
You’re my boy but it’s all competition when on the court 💪🏿
— Nauld (@NauldtheGreat) March 22, 2022
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