LeBron James remains out indefinitely as he recovers from an ankle injury, so the four-time NBA MVP has to find other ways to stay engaged down the final stretch of the regular season — you know, like responding to hecklers.
During Wednesday night’s game between the Lakers and Wizards, a fan saw an opening to taunt James. With Capital One Arena attendance currently capped at 10 percent of capacity and the game paused for a TV timeout, the fan had a perfect opportunity to yell something that James would definitely hear.
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“Hey LeBron, you’re a big baby,” the fan said.
James then turned his head and, well, pretended to cry like a big baby.
The crowd found James’ antics entertaining, but the Wizards got the last laugh, capturing a 116-107 victory over the Lakers behind a 27-point effort from Bradley Beal and another triple-double from Russell Westbrook. No. 5 Los Angeles has now lost four of its past five games and is only two games ahead of No. 7 Portland in the Western Conference standings, which is key this year with the Nos. 7-10 teams in each conference participating in the play-in tournament ahead of the NBA playoffs.
There is some good news for the Lakers, though. James recently teased his return in an Instagram video that showed him running up and down the court.
“Coming soon to a city near you,” James said.
The 36-year-old has not played since suffering a high right ankle sprain in a March 20 game against the Hawks. He is averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game this season.