Lakers Fan Ejected Twice For Heckling Anthony
Earlier this year, a Sixers fan was suspended for a game after he made disparaging remarks about Carmelo Anthony. A second fan was also suspended for the rest of the season for an incident during a game in October. The NBA is looking to tighten up its rules on taunting and racial slurs. But fans aren’t holding back, and they continue to heckle players.
Last Friday, the Lakers took on the Hornets in Charlotte. Two fans were ejected from the game after engaging in verbal altercations with the team’s star. LeBron James was also ejected from the game. It was the first time he was ejected in the 2017-18 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Lakers haven’t looked good so far in the first two games of the season. The team has been defeated by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Houston Rockets, and the Phoenix Suns. They are 0-2 at home this season, and have lost both games.
The Lakers have a lot of new faces in the lineup. The team is also looking forward to playing against the Pistons next Sunday. However, the Lakers will have to figure out a few things before the season is over. This past weekend, they were in the midst of a double-digit deficit before they were able to pull off a win.
During the game, Carmelo Anthony started yelling at fans. One fan called Anthony a “boy” and another fan repeatedly yelled, “Keep shooting boy.” Several other fans threw things at the players, as well. After the Lakers’ defeat to the 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center announced a zero-tolerance policy on racial slurs.
Despite the lopsided score, LeBron James had an impressive performance. He scored 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds. His teammates were off-put by the outburst. In the end, the Lakers trimmed the deficit to nine points in the fourth quarter. Those points were key, as they helped the team recover from a large deficit.
While the Lakers have been able to overcome a huge deficit in the first two games of the season, they still have a lot of work to do. They have 80 more games to figure out their issues. If they do, the Lakers could be headed to the playoffs. And if they aren’t, the Lakers could find themselves in a bad spot.
Earlier this year, a fan was ejected from a game in Philadelphia for yelling at the team’s star. Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard also exchanged words with fans during the game. Another fan slapped away Rondo’s hand, a gesture that officials noticed as being worse than the previous ones.
Fans have been heckling Lakers players for a couple seasons now, and they aren’t holding back. In fact, they are pushing the league to take action against fans who aren’t playing nice. With players like LeBron James, who are often seen on social media expressing their opinions, there’s no doubt that the NBA will look harder at fans’ language.