LeBron James welcomes fans; “At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building. I missed that interaction. I need that interaction,” he said.
Last week, during James’ return to Cleveland, a member of the Cavaliers’ front office no less celebrated a missed shot a little bit too enthusiastically.
On Monday night as the Lakers beat the Hawks 107-99, a more heated incident occurred during the match.
Two supporters seating with courtside could be heard heckling James in the fourth quarter, leading to the four-time MVP to respond in kind with a few choice words of his own.
The incident led to the two fans being ejected from the arena of the match by security guards as the Los Angeles Lakers eventually closed out the win over Atlanta Hawks.
However, after the match reflecting on the incident, LeBron James insisted he was still glad to welcome fans back into NBA arenas after an uncalled situation which caused a pandemic, even adding with kindness and generosity that he didn’t think they should have been removed from the game.
“At the end of the day, I’m happy fans are back in the building. I missed that interaction. I need that interaction. We as players need that interaction,” he said.
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“I didn’t think it warranted that they should be kicked out. There was a back-and-forth between two grown men. We said our piece. He said his piece, I said my piece.
“Then someone else jumped into it and said their piece. But I didn’t think they should have been kicked out.
“But they might have had a couple of drinks, maybe and they could have kept it going and the game wouldn’t have been about the game anymore. So I think the referees did what they had to do.”
After a win over Hawks, the Lakers now move to 16-6 for the season but remain third in the West behind the Los Angeles Clippers and Utah Jazz in the points table.