Lebron James has an on-court meltdown

 January 1, 2024

National Basketball Association (NBA) player Lebron James had an on-court meltdown over the weekend. 

Fox News reports that the incident happened on Saturday night, when James' team - the Los Angeles Lakers - faced off against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

James' team lost to the Timberwolves by the final score of 108 to 106.

Here's the video

James' meltdown took place during the final seconds of the game. The situation is captured in the above video, which is roughly 20 seconds long.

Fox explains what happened, writing:

With under 5 seconds to play, James made what he thought was a game-tying 3-pointer. But the NBA’s replay center had a different view. James’ shot was called a 2-pointer. As the PA announcer at the Target Center told the crowd of the call, James and Anthony Davis ran to the monitor on the scorer’s table and pointed to the screen to try to plead his case.

The above video specifically captures James' reaction after the referees decided to call his shot a 2-pointer rather than a 3-pointer.

James runs to the television monitor, where the referees reviewed the positioning of his feet during the shot, and pointed at it. Exasperated, James calls his teammates over to also look at the screen.

James and his teammates then have some words with the referee. James could be seen continuing to point at the screen while yelling at the referee. But, it was all for naught - the shot was called a 2-pointer and the Lakers went on to lose.

James' meltdown continues after the game

James' meltdown did not end with the game. Rather, it continued on into the post-game press conference.

For those unfamiliar with NBA replays, the decision is made by replay officials located at their headquarters in Secaucus, New Jersey. It is these replay officials who James targeted after the game.

"The Secaucus, whatever, over there in the replay center or whatever, somebody over there eating a ham sandwich or somebody made the call," James said.

James added, "It’s super frustrating in the sense of what the hell we got a replay for? What do we have replay for if even the replay gets it wrong? It’s like, who’s the part of the replay center? Like, do we got robots in there that's making the Teslas? What’s going on? If you don’t see that, that is clear, that is clear."

If you are familiar with James, at all, then you will likely know that this sort of meltdown is not out of the ordinary for him. James, on the same day as the game, celebrated his 39th birthday.

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