“Keep LeBron Benched”: Amid Worrying AD-LBJ Beef Rumors, Larsa Pippen’s Ex Gives Lakers Fans a Ray of Hope

Published 03/16/2023, 12:45 PM EDT

USA Today via Reuters

The Los Angeles Lakers had suffered a disappointing defeat to the New York Knicks in their previous game, and they were eager to make a statement and get back on track. For the Lakers, it was arguably a must-win game, and they more than met the challenge. The first half started out strong with the players draining a franchise-record 15 three-pointers. They established a lead of almost 40 points. They were unable to maintain the momentum in the second half, but they still secured an easy victory. Meanwhile, recent speculations of a dispute between LeBron James and Anthony Davis leave fans in worry.

Will this affect the Los Angeles Lakers?

Anthony Davis and LeBron James – What’s the beef?


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The speculations of the feud between LeBron and Davis all began when LeBron broke the NBA’s all-time scoring record during the Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in February.  It was a huge achievement in the history of the NBA but LeBron’s fellow teammate was not too happy about it. He seemed unfazed about this major accomplishment and wasn’t a part of the team’s celebrations.


Davis later clarified that his lack of celebration was not due to being unsupportive of James or his accomplishment. His lack of reaction was because he was upset about the team’s struggles on the court and losing to the Thunder. He apologized to James and the team for any misunderstanding.

Stealing the spotlight: Malik Beasley

Despite LeBron James being sidelined with a foot injury, the Los Angeles Lakers have managed to hold their fort and perform well in his absence. The standout player of Tuesday night’s match was Malik Beasley, who made at least seven three-pointers in the opening period.

Malik Beasley’s impressive performance on the court was vital in leading the team to victory. Through the first two quarters, The Roomba scored a whopping 21 points while draining seven three-pointers. Beasley cemented his place in history by becoming only the third player in Lakers history to make seven three-pointers in a single half. It’s a remarkable achievement that shows how deadly he can be when approaching from beyond the arc. Beasley’s distinctive combination of scoring and shooting has been a great asset to the Lakers’ roster.


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Let’s take a look at some of the fan reactions:


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With Anthony Davis on the bench for the Laker’s match against the Rockets, the match was a challenging one for the Lakers. This could have been a turning point for the Lakers but they could not hold up against the Rockets. The Rockets scored  78 points in the paint, putting them in the lead.

The loss was a significant blow to the Lakers’ hopes of securing a playoff spot. Looking ahead, the Lakers must regroup and focus on their upcoming five-game home stand, starting with a crucial matchup against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. Davis is expected to return soon, but the Lakers will need to bring their A-game to every remaining matchup to survive in the playoffs.



Ranjitha Ramesh

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Edited By: Gideon Mathson