Dwight Howard isn’t the only Laker trying to eavesdrop on the Denver Nuggets as LeBron James tries to as well.
The Los Angeles Lakers faced off against the Denver Nuggets for Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. The Lakers blew the Nuggets out behind Anthony Davis’s 37 points.
Though the Lakers were in the driver’s seat for the entirety of the bout between the 2 teams, the Lakers players hilariously tried to gain even more of an advantage by invading the Nuggets huddles.
First it was Dwight Howard who stepped right into their huddle at mid-court and when asked about it, Dwight simply replied, “I’m just standing here.”
LeBron James must have taken inspiration from Dwight’s and decided to follow suit.
LeBron James listens in on Mike Malone coaching the Nuggets players
With less than a minute to go in the first half, Denver Nuggets Head Coach, Mike Malone called Monte Morris and Gary Harris over to talk some plays.
This prompts LeBron James to very nonchalantly ‘pass’ by this conversation and listen in on what Malone was trying to tell his players. Alex Caruso was in the vicinity too, trying to catch as much information, along with LeBron.
always looking for an edge. pic.twitter.com/X9HeDavwBB
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) September 19, 2020
There was no retaliation from the Nuggets this time around as they probably did not see James as he leaned in to listen for perhaps, only a couple of seconds.
LeBron James’s relationship with Michael Malone
Michael Malone and LeBron James have been acquainted with one another as Malone was on the Cavs coaching staff back in the 2000s.
However, when asked about his relationship with LeBron, Malone responded,”I never tried to be his buddy.”
Michael Malone on his relationship with LeBron: “I never tried to be LeBron’s boy. I never tried to be his buddy. I wasn’t trying to kiss his ass. I’m a coach’s son. I’m going to coach. If you’re not doing your job, I’m going to tell you, just as I would tell anybody else.”
— Mike Singer (@msinger) September 18, 2020
This was a very cold response from Malone, directed towards LeBron. James has yet to respond, if he plans to.