When LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to claim the No. 1 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, everyone inside of Crypto.com Arena celebrated the bucket, enjoying a truly historic moment.
Well, almost everyone.
Lakers star Anthony Davis caused quite a stir on Tuesday night when videos of his reaction to the record-setting field goal hit social media.
With the rest of his Los Angeles teammates standing in anticipation, Davis walked from the tunnel back toward the bench and sat down. After James hit a fadeaway jumper and the game was stopped to recognize his achievement, Davis took his time getting back up.
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Had this DM’ed to me. Can’t help but wonder what was up with AD tonight. pic.twitter.com/zTruSPcqSk
— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) February 8, 2023
Davis addressed the criticism that he received for his reaction on Thursday, saying that he was upset about the Lakers’ 133-130 loss to the Thunder. Before James’ shot, Los Angeles was trailing Oklahoma City by seven points.
“I mean, we’re losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game we needed, and I was pissed off that we were losing. It’s that simple,” Davis said after the Bucks defeated the Lakers, marking the team’s third straight loss.
“It’s nothing that has to do with [James]. He knows that. Everybody else is outside looking in, it’s their opinion, but I was pissed off that we were losing the game.”
Here’s AD’s full answer on his body language on Tuesday: pic.twitter.com/sPAPbTIinG
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) February 10, 2023
Davis apologized to James multiple times the next day, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, but James “dismissed his concerns” because he knew that Davis was “caught up in the heat of competition.”
James also showed his appreciation for Davis during Tuesday’s game. On the TNT broadcast, he was heard telling Davis, “I just want to let you know I love you, bro. That’s all I want you to know.”
“I just want to let you know I love you bro.”
-Lebron James to Anthony Davis❤️pic.twitter.com/1Ov9Ee2Gq2
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) February 8, 2023
Now that Davis and James have put that moment behind them, they must shift their focus to the road ahead.
The Lakers only have 26 games remaining on their regular season schedule, and they are sitting at No. 13 in the Western Conference standings.