LeBron James Can’t Contain His Laughter With Carmelo Anthony’s Reaction to Pistons’ Odd Ritual

Published 04/01/2021, 3:39 PM EDT
MIAMI, FL – JUNE 25: LeBron James participates in the Miami Heat 2012 NBA Championship Celebration at AmericanAirlines Arena on June 25, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/WireImage)


There are a few better off-court friendships in the NBA than the one shared by Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James. So, it is not surprising that one reacts to the other’s actions. And that is exactly what happened when Carmelo Anthony expressed his disgust at one of the team’s odd pre-game rituals.

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Portland Trail Blazers traveled to Detroit to take on the Pistons. While the hosts can’t rattle their opponents on the court like the olden days, they still try to follow some intimidation tactics as they did with the Blazers on Wednesday night.

The Pistons used their fog machine to add some theatrics to the pre-game introductions. It was an attempt to get a mere 750 home fans riled up. However, it failed to amuse Carmelo Anthony as he took to Twitter after the game. With his reaction, he had his fellow banana boat crew member, LeBron James, laughing out loud.

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The fog machine must have been a hindrance to players’ visibility. Though it did not deter the Blazers from running all over the home team.

They recorded a 124-101 win over the Pistons. Carmelo got in on the act too, perhaps motivated by all this, as he scored 16 points in just 22 minutes of on-court action.

Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Portland Trail Blazers power forward Carmelo Anthony (00) shoots the ball over Dallas Mavericks power forward Maxi Kleber (42) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Pistons’ fog machine gained notoriety before LeBron James’ reaction

It is not the first time that the fog machine at the Pistons‘ home arena is making the headlines. Rolling the tape back to the 2012-13 NBA season when they hosted Houston Rockets, a similar machine had a major malfunction.

Since the game was played late in the month of October, the hosts had big plans to celebrate Halloween. They planned to throw a grand spectacle on the court during the half-time show. However, the grand celebration inadvertently started a minute too early.

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With 58 seconds remaining in the second half, clouds of smoke could be seen coming out from behind the basket. It was because one of the fog machines started ahead of the schedule. The employees at the arena had to step in and it halted the play.

Never fail to entertain us, Dear Fog Machine at Little Caesars Arena, never do.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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