Refs Stopped Lakers-Hawks To Eject 2 Fans Yelling At LeBron James
There are nine groups in the NBA that are currently allowing a limited variety of fans in their arenas and already two times on this East coast roadway trip, LeBron James has found himself the target of some courtside jawing.
Last week, it was a Cavaliers’ executive excitedly clapping and shouting after James missed a jumper to end the third quarter, which LeBron said after the video game offered him the stimulate he needed to torch the Cavs in the fourth as the Lakers ran away with a win. On Monday, James and the Lakers were in Atlanta where fans were courtside and in the 4th quarter, referees stopped the video game to have security come and eject 2 females who were standing and chewing out James– with their masks not on.
The two females would be accompanied off the floor and, per The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner, one gave the old two finger salute on her escape.
The lack of overall fans in the stands makes any courtside talking stick out, and it definitely didn’t look like James was getting too troubled by it as he laughed with a few of his teammates and Hawks players at the complimentary throw line. Still, provided whatever going on, a fan being courtside and barking at players with a mask as a chinstrap isn’t an excellent look and there most likely needs to be a bit more aggressive policing of mask policies, at least, for those seated courtside.