Lakers’ LeBron James Jokes About ‘Washed King’ Tag After Another Missed Dunk Against Grizzlies

Published 02/13/2021, 5:00 AM EST
Feb 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) attempts to dunk the ball over Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks (24) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers erased a 20 point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. It was an emphatic comeback, led by the usual suspects, Anthony Davis and LeBron James.

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Despite being 36 years old, LeBron’s athleticism is still arguably the best in the league. He had an amazing cock back dunk during the second half, and Grizzlies’ Grayson Allen was smart enough to move aside. While that was a breathtaking highlight, earlier he had a Shaqtin’ a Fool moment.

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He tried to posterize Dillon Brooks, but he surprisingly missed a potential dunk of the season. Former NBA champion Richard Jefferson said that he wanted to make a joke that LeBron needs to retire following that missed dunk.

After the game, Jefferson asked LeBron if everything is okay since he is missing so many dunks. “I don’t know if everything is okay man,” he replied while trying to control his laughter. “I think the washed king is really starting to catch up with me.”

LeBron James reiterates the need to step up as a team

Once again, the Lakers had a terrible start to the game. They looked far from comfortable at home, as the Grizzlies started the game with a 22-2 run. The Lakers were stunned but somehow finished with the 31-16.

The second quarter was also tough, and the Grizzlies contested well, with the score being 59-46 at halftime. But they were back to business from the third quarter onwards and scored 41 points in those 12 minutes. The final quarter was just about maintaining their shape, and they did it well to win 115-105.

Feb 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates in the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

During the interview with Jefferson, LeBron expressed his discontent regarding these slow starts.

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He said, “We’ve got to figure that out. We keep getting down in the first quarter. It takes a little while to get going. But we can’t do that especially (against) good teams. So getting down 20 points on our home floor especially like that is not good ingredients for a championship team. We found a way to get it done, but we gotta be better than that for sure.”

The Lakers’ upcoming schedule includes games against the Nuggets, Nets, and the Heat. If they continue this trend against such teams, a comeback may not be possible later in the game.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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