What a disaster of a year for LeBron James and the Lakers.
LeBron James has not had the best of times since joining the Los Angeles Lakers, and on Sunday, he offered up another bad look with the team playing out the string.
James instead brought the ball up the floor and drove left.
James was rested for the loss to the Detroit Pistons on Friday, but made his comeback two days later at Madison Square Garden.
The episode occurred in the first half of the Knicks' 124-123 home win, as James sat on the end of the Lakers' bench, furthest from the scorers' table and a few empty chairs away from his closest teammate.
"When you're the face of the National Basketball Association, I think you should be more a part of your team no matter what is going on", Frazier said. "In the public you gotta be a part of the team", Frazier said. Maybe in the locker room you're not, but you have to exude that type of togetherness in public, folks.
Although the photo you're about to see, which quickly became a meme shared all over social media, came after a foul he committed on James earlier in the contest, it's kind of a ideal summary of what Hezonja and his teammates did to James and the hapless Lakers. The Lakers pestered the Knicks on defense throughout the quarter, forcing turnovers and shutting down any offensive momentum the team had built until that point, taking a slim 66-63 lead going into halftime. Rather than add another game-winner to his already robust collection, LeBron James' fadeaway was stopped by the right hand of Mario Hezonja, whose block sealed a stunning 124-123 NY victory.
James went 4-for-15 in the fourth quarter, missing his final four shots.
"To beat a great player, sometimes you've got to do the unexpected and you've got to make big plays", Knicks Coach David Fizdale said after the game, "because you know that they're gearing up to make a big play". "Just to get a good", James said of his thought process heading into the final possession. As a team, the Knicks shot just 40 percent from the field and eight of 20 from the 3-point line as they never threatened after falling behind by double-digits in the first quarter.