, a professional LeBron James
baiter, pounced on the Los Angeles Lakers
star for leaving his team's rout of the Phoenix Suns several minutes before the NBA
playoff game ended on Tuesday.
James made his way to the locker room with about five minutes remaining in the 115-85 loss that dropped Los Angeles to the second round of the playoffs.
LEBRON IS ON HIS WAY TO THE LOCKER ROOM WITH 5 MINUTES LEFT pic.twitter.com/WpGUfDDDAr — (@CamJohnSun) June 2, 2021
personality Skip Bayless took notice.
“Here we go again. The Drama King leaves the bench with 5:40 left in this blowout and walks quickly up the tunnel to the locker room,” Bayless wrote on Twitter. “Guess he doesn’t want to sit through the rest of this embarrassment like his teammates have to. Guess he doesn’t want to be associated with this shame.”
The Drama King exits the bench with 5:40 remaining in this blowout and walks quickly up the tunnel to the locker room. Guess he doesn't want to sit through the rest of this embarrassment like his teammates have to. Guess he doesn't want to be associated with this shame — Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 2, 2021
When asked what he was thinking while he and injured teammate Anthony Davis were in the locker room during the rout, James told ESPN, “What was going through my mind was, ‘They're kicking our ass.'”
James' early departure was explained by Lakers coach Frank Vogel, who missed much of the regular season due to an ankle injury
“LeBron had to start his treatment,” Vogel said, according to Heavy. “It doesn’t do him any good to sit over there without getting worked on and starting the treatment as soon as possible to help him get ready for Game 6.”
According to ESPN, with the Lakers trailing by three games to two, James is on the verge of losing in the first round for the first time after 14 series victories.