While the Los Angeles Lakers were fighting their way to a victory over the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Thursday night, they had thousands of fans in Los Angeles rooting for them along the way, including president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and LeBron James.
James and Magic, arguably the two most powerful men in the Lakers organization, were tweeting their way through an intense game like they were nothing more than fans of the team. They’re just like us, except more athletic, a lot wealthier and also more athletic. So nothing like us.
James was especially appreciative of the effort Ivica Zubac showed against the Thunder, as many of us were:
Zuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!! @ivicazubac— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 18, 2019
Zubac ended the night with a career-high 26 points on an efficient 12-14 from shooting from the field. Zubac has scored in double figures while shooting above 80 percent from the field on three different occasions this season.
He also contributed a season-high 12 rebounds, earning him his third double-double of the season. Zubac is ranked fifth among players drafted in 2015 in double-doubles.
James was also confused as to why Lonzo Ball was called for that 3-point foul that sent the Lakers and Thunder into overtime:
So what really is “in the shooting motion” rule?!?!? Asking for a friend @OfficialNBARefs— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 18, 2019
He can’t get find for simply asking a question, can he? Especially since he’s asking for a friend! Plus, it turns out it shouldn’t have been a shooting foul.
However, both ‘Bron and Magic had no problem celebrating a hard-fought Lakers win.
.@Lakers win over OKC was a total team effort. Every Laker made a contribution.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 18, 2019
Laker Nation, our young @Lakers grew up tonight with the victory over OKC!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 18, 2019
There has been a lot of noise surrounding the Lakers regarding Magic Johnson’s rumored lack of faith in Luke Walton as a head coach and the frustration many assumed LeBron James would have with the young players, so it was nice to see everyone showing support for the purple and gold after what was arguably their biggest win of the season.
Hopefully they can carry that energy into their next game, which is a tough road game against the Houston Rockets. If they play as hard as they did in OKC, it should be a fun one for Johnson and James to watch right along with us.