Pelicans Fans Resort to Emotional Blackmail as LeBron James Snatches a Chance at $500K Away From Opponent’s Kid

Published 12/07/2023, 11:52 PM EST

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The Los Angeles Lakers faced off against the New Orleans Pelicans in the In-season Tournament semifinals. And the Lakers managed to obliterate the Pelicans, winning the game by a huge margin. But that did not stop Pelicans fans from stooping down to emotional blackmail.

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are well on their way to the In-season tournament finals. However, Pelicans fans are going to make sure that The King makes it to the finals with a heavy heart. Or at least, that’s what the fans attempt to do.

Pelicans fans try to emotionally blackmail LeBron James

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The Los Angeles Lakers won the game with a final score of 133-89 against the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans suffered a 44-point blowout loss, something not a lot of fans had predicted.

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New Orleans Pelicans point guard Jose Alvarado had other plans if his team had made it to the finals and won the In-season Tournament. The prize money for the In-season Tournament is $500,000 for each player.

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Jose Alvarado wanted to save that money for his daughter’s future. But now that LeBron James and the Lakers managed to bulldoze their way past the Pelicans, New Orleans fans resorted to emotional blackmail.

One fan posted a picture of Alvarado with his daughter and posted, This who u takin money from btw @KingJames.”

The Los Angeles Lakers started pretty even with the Pelicans. It wasn’t until the second and third quarter that the Lakers took the game with a sizable lead, leaving the Pelicans chasing them for the remainder of the game.

LeBron James rallied his team with a 30-point performance with some help from his co-stars as well.

What did Jose Alvarado say?

The image of Jose Alvarado with his daughter is based on what he had said before the semifinal match with the Los Angeles Lakers. While talking to the media, Alvarado said, “I ain’t struggling now. I’m blessed to be financially good. So why do I need to add that extra load?”

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“Let that grow and let them have it. I ain’t going to see it. I promise. I ain’t going to touch it. It’s a great opportunity to do that. A lot of people aren’t that fortunate, but I am. I just want this game to keep me blessed and I don’t want my kids to worry about nothing.”

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Unfortunately for Alvarado, his dream to save that money for his daughters did not come true. However, given that he is in a better place financially, fans can still rest easy given that his daughter’s future is secure.

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