The highlight of the Lakers' 106-94 win against the Magic on Sunday was LeBron James putting on Wendell Carter Jr.'s goggles after Dwight Howard's save knocked them off. James himself saw it as a funny moment, but the Magic couldn't resist roasting him for it.
The Magic mock LeBron on Twitter
The Lakers' superstar dropped 14 of his 30 points in the third quarter. He added 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 101st career triple-double, leading the Purple and Gold to their fifth victory in seven games -- they are now the sixth seed with a 15-13 record. How does LeBron do it, playing in his 19th NBA season, being nearly 37?
"Sleep, and inspiration from my son and his team," James said. "I slept last night from 12 to 8. I got up, ate breakfast, and then I went back to sleep from 8:30 to 12:30. That's pretty good, right?"
The well-rested LeBron has been on a tear lately, averaging 29.8/7.3/8 on 52% from over the last 8 games after missing a big chunk of the Lakers' start of the season. Their Big Three is still figuring out how to play together, but they seem to be on the right track -- especially judging by James' body language.
After initial frustrations, LeBron is having fun again. His latest buffoonery -- putting on Wendell Carter Jr.'s goggles three minutes into the third quarter against Orlando -- is one of many on-court antics we've seen from James recently. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticized him for his lewd celebration against the Pacers, and now the Magic tried to portray James as an object of ridicule for his behavior on Sunday.
"What the heck is wrong with me?"
LeBron didn't address the obvious roast attempt coming from the Magic Twitter account -- they referred to James' comments about "seeing three rims" during his playoff-clinching 3-pointer after getting poked in the eye against the Warriors last season. However, he did respond to Kevin Durant's Instagram post after the Nets superstar asked the question we've all been wondering -- why did you do it?
Pogledajte ovu objavu na Instagramu.
This is something Lakers fans will love to hear. Their best player is finally enjoying basketball again, and he seems happy being around his teammates, despite their early-season struggles. The Lakers are still a big experiment, but injuries aside, there's nothing experimental about No.6.
When healthy, LeBron is still one of the best players in the world and a guaranteed constant in LA's quest for a championship. He's a little corny, and at times over the top, but as long as wins keep piling up, very few will hold it against James.