Footage of LeBron James confusing the heck out of his rookie teammate quickly went viral and sent the internet into a frenzy.
At least once in our lives, we’ve all had the same, terrified look on our face that Austin Reaves is now known for.
The LA Lakers player became an instant meme and after a video clip of him trying to decipher the basketball IQ of LeBron James went viral online.
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Footage of LeBron talking to his teammate during the Lakers’ 106-96 win over Brooklyn on Wednesday quickly became the most enjoyable NBA content of the season and while James is normally the star of the show, this time Reaves was unquestionably the MVP.
Cameras honed in on the 23-year-old, in his first season with the Lakers, when LeBron wandered over and tried to explain something about what has happening on the floor. As someone who’s been in the league nearly two decades, The King has acquired plenty of knowledge about the game mere mortals wouldn’t understand, and it looked like Reaves was in that boat.
Footage of the pair’s interaction — showing Reaves go wide-eyed as he tried to digest whatever information he was being fed — became a great gift to the internet and was viewed millions of times on social media.
Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation wrote: “If you look closely, you can almost read Reaves’ lips enough to make out ‘I just ball’ as LeBron dives into the more nuanced aspects of the game.
“LeBron balls too, but he also sees the game on a more advanced level than pretty much anyone else.”
Unsurprisingly, the internet came good with all the jokes. Oliver Willis tweeted: “LeBron: It uses the blockchain to create a nonfungible token enabling a cryptocurrency exchange. Reaves: I mean, I guess Bron, but you can just right-click it I thought.”
James shot 14-of-21 from the floor and added seven rebounds and six assists for the Lakers, who have lost five of their last eight and are struggling in the Western Conference standings.
Anthony Davis played his first game since injuring his knee in a 110-92 loss to Minnesota on December 17 and finished with eight points. He had a dunk on the game’s first possession and played 25 minutes.
The Lakers went 7-10 while Davis was sidelined, with James carrying the offensive load.
“Just his presence impacts this ball club,” James said of the superstar forward. “He adds another dynamic player on the floor. You can’t have all the eyes on myself, Russ (Westbrook) and Melo (Carmelo Anthony).”
James said he used the motivation of playing in New York to ignite the fire inside him. The last time the Lakers played in New York, James was serving a suspension for fighting.
“I missed my first appearance in New York because of a suspension. Hopefully, I make them proud,” he said of the fans who cheered him on.
Malik Monk hit six three-pointers and added 22 points as the Lakers shot 47.2 per cent from the field. Westbrook added 15 points and Anthony chipped in 13.
Wednesday’s loss continued a string of inconsistent performances by the Nets, who were missing all-stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.