“I Would Be So Scared To Talk”: LeBron James Getting Roasted for Being “Old” Leaves Lakers Fans in a Frenzy

Published 01/17/2023, 7:30 AM EST
Jan 16, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts against the Houston Rockets in the first half at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NBA superstar LeBron James turned 38 years old and entered his 20th season last year. However, it seems like James has a good few more years left before he decides to retire from NBA. The 4x NBA champion had previously expressed his wish to play his last season with his son Bronny James. There is no doubt that King James still remains one of the best players in the league and is lacking in no way. Despite that, a certain Houston Rockets star couldn’t help but remind the Los Angeles Lakers superstar of his ‘old age’.

The Los Angeles Lakers faced the Houston Rockets at the Monday night game held at Crypto.com Arena. LeBron led the Lakers to victory over the Rockets ending their three-game losing streak.

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LeBron James was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the 2003 NBA draft. The 18x NBA All-Star was only about 19 years back then. He then went on to create a legacy that arguably matched that of NBA legends Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. While it seems like James is in no rush of tipping his hat and walking out of the court for good, Houston Rockets star Jabari Smith Jr. nevertheless took a sly dig at the Lakers forward. During the Lakers vs Rockets game, Smith called out to James to let him know that he had played his NBA debut game with Smith’s father.

“Hey, you played against my dad, your first NBA game ever, Sacramento. You feel old don’t you?” Smith Jr. asked James.


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The Rockets player’s father, Jabari Smith Sr. was drafted into the league in 2000 and played for the Sacramento Kings. Watching the unexpected exchange between the two NBA players, fans reacted in the most hilarious way. Below are a few of the comments.

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LeBron James’ Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets by 140-132. The 4x NBA Finals MVP led his team to victory scoring 48 points, eight rebounds, and nine assists. Russell Westbrook added 24 points, five rebounds, and four assists. The Lakers, 20-24, are currently placed 13th in the Western Conference rankings.

On the other hand, the Rockets are in much worst shape than the Lakers. The team lost their 11th consecutive game against the Lakers and is currently at the bottom in Western Conference.


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Turkish basketball player Alperen Sengun scored 33 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists in the losing game. His teammate Jalen added 23 points and five rebounds. Whereas, Jabari Smith Jr. scored 14 points, four rebounds, and four assists.



Siyari Debbarma

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Siyari Debbarma is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering from Abascus Institute of Engineering and Management. She previously interned at the Y-East Organization as a content writer.

Edited By: Jayant Chhabra