Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James came to play on Monday night against the Houston Rockets.
With his squad at 19-24 and sitting 13th in the Western Conference, James understood that every game matters. Particularly ones against the few teams in the league worse than his Lakers.
Surely enough, L.A. ended up prevailing against the Rockets thanks to a 48-point explosion by James.
The 38-year-old dominated from start to finish, but eagle-eyed hoops fans couldn’t help but notice that he really stepped his game up at one point in the outing:
LeBron saw them baddies and turned into 2016 Steph 😭😭pic.twitter.com/jrc4TGghlv
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) January 17, 2023
And it wasn’t just one person who made the connection.
A number of fans quickly jumped into the replies, offering their own two cents on the encounter:
— Key✭ (@_GlotraLord) January 17, 2023
— Hernán RS Murus Sanctus (@ManchiNegro) January 17, 2023
— Maps (@SirThabz) January 17, 2023
Bron like “she took the job” https://t.co/p6oDLvN4fa
— SaintLu (@justluigui) January 17, 2023
Yo she is staring HARD https://t.co/vuDnjoslga
— Anthony Davis (@anthonykbdavis2) January 17, 2023
— Miles So (@Smileso19) January 17, 2023
Not quite the same thing as when Jordan Poole felt the touch of a woman courtside and went off, but still pretty funny.
It goes without saying, but this isn’t the first time James has trended for something like this. A separate encounter he had with a female fan sitting courtside also raised some eyebrows a while back. That one was a bit more egregious.
In many ways this kind of stuff is unavoidable when you are the greatest basketball player of all time. James has been accused of everything from sneaky DM stuff with Instagram models to straight up cheating – but it is hard to take any of it too seriously.
The media is too ridiculous now when it comes to this nonsense.
Joe Burrow’s girlfriend seemed to really enjoy herself at the Bengals game. https://t.co/QbcxA8fvJ6
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 16, 2023
Besides, given how quick James’ wife is to smack him when he gets out of line, he definitely knows better than to test her.
The whole “courtside baddies” thing is a funny meme, and that is all it was this time around, too.
Nothing more, nothing less.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.