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“Why You Do That to Me?”: Emotional Moment on Court Has LeBron James and Jabari Smith Jr Still in Their Feelings Post Lakers vs Rockets

Published 01/17/2023, 9:30 AM EST

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Superstar LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are back to winning ways after the game against the Houston Rockets at the arena. After three straight losses, it was a welcome win for Laker Nation. The LA side could have won the last two games, but they lost both because of their inability to close the game out strongly. With the help of James, the Lakers closed the game strong against the Rockets and won the game 140-132. The four-time champion erupted for a season-high 48 points.

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At 38, James has been defying the odds with spectacular performances. In the game against the Rockets, the four-time MVP played the most minutes for the Lakers despite his age. Interestingly, there was another moment in the game that reminded everyone about James’ mind-boggling longevity in the league. Funnily enough, James himself did not want the reminder about his age.


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LeBron James embraced Jabari Smith Sr.

During the game, Houston Rockets’ rookie Jabari Smith Jr. had an interesting conversation with LeBron James. The #3 pick reminded the Lakers star that he had played against his father in his NBA debut. Smith Jr. did not just stop there, he asked whether this makes the 18-time All-Star feel old. James joked, “Why you do that to me!”

After the win, the two shared an emotional moment as they embraced each other. James played against Jabari Smith Sr. in his NBA debut against the Sacramento Kings. Moreover, he has now played against a few father-son duos. During the postgame interview, LeBron joked that he felt old.


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Smith Sr. noted that seeing his son play against a legend like James was unbelievable and it was the best day ever. Smith Jr. retweeted the video clip of his father and Bron embracing each other with the caption, “Will never forget the smile on my dads face one of the best days of my life.”

The Chosen Ones’ NBA Debut

LeBron James was a national sensation ever since his high school days. So there were huge expectations about his professional career. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected him as the #1 pick of the 2003 NBA Draft. As the season began, there was a lot of hype about the debut of The Chosen One. Fans around the world and the media wanted to know if the 19-year-old was the real deal and if the hype was real.


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His first game was away from home against an experienced and strong Sacramento Kings. James’ debut ended up as a loss as the Cavs lost the game 92-106. However, the rookie showed the world that he is not just another 19-year-old in the league and showcased his potential. He almost had a double-double on his debut with 25 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds.

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Written by:

Bagavathi Eswaran


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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.
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Jayant Chhabra