LeBron James “Disrespecting” Teammate Sends NBA Twitter Into a Frenzy

Published 04/11/2022, 1:45 AM EDT
Lebron James of USA during the Mens Basketball Preliminary Round, Group A match between USA and Tunisia as part of the 2012 London Olympic Summer Games at the Basketball Arena, Olympic Park, London, England, UK on August 31st, 2012. Photo: Gary Prior/Visionhaus (Photo by Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images)

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers did not have the greatest season. After making huge trades in the offseason, the Lakers were expected to win it all. But they ended up not only missing the playoffs, but they didn’t even make the play-in tournament. And Friday’s game summed up their entire season.

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With their playoffs hopes gone, Friday night’s win over OKC meant nothing. Half the players had suited up while the other half didn’t even put up an effort. The fans also couldn’t care less about the win. And amidst all this, there was something that happened that caught everyone’s attention.

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LeBron James was coming back to the bench with a drink in his hand when he saw Bazemore sitting in his seat. He then made him get up and went on to give handshakes to Russell Westbrook, Avery Bradley, and D. J. Augustin. Bazemore then lifted his hand to dap up LeBron, but LeBron missed him completely. Bazemore then slapped his own hand to save face.

NBA Twitter goes nuts after LeBron James leaves teammate hanging

The NBA fans went crazy after seeing this. They made fun of Bazemore for being ignored by LeBron and they even called out Bron for not dapping up his teammate. Here are the best reactions:

How did the Lakers’ season implode?

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The Lakers started off as pre-season favorites with LeBron, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook as their stars. Their crew also consisted of Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, and Carmelo Anthony, all future Hall of Famers. Despite being the oldest squad in the league, the Lakers were confident that will be able to overcome anything.

But as soon as the season started, it became clear that the team had many problems. On top of that, Anthony Davis was injured and was out for a long time. He missed over half the season. But it seemed like the Lakers will make the play-in tournament at least.

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Then after the all star break, the Lakers imploded. They had the second worst record among all the teams in the NBA and were bounced out of the play-in tournament. At the end, it just seemed like the Lakers gave up. The Lakers will need to rethink how they approach next season and not make the same mistakes as usual.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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