LeBron James plays for the Lakers now.
It wasn’t clear that anyone knew that. ESPN devoted the entirety of their embarrassing broadcast to barely-contained glee at LeBron in LA. It was absurd and it’s honestly surprising that Doris Burke attached her name to that folly.
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It goes beyond ESPN. While searching Getty Images for pictures to build this article around, only three photos depicted Nuggets players or coaches without LeBron in the shot. The shot of coach Michael Malone, one of Mason Plumlee on defense and a top-down view of the Nuggets in the lane. That’s it. Forty-eight pictures of LeBron and/or Lakers but we couldn’t come up with five, from the game, to populate a Nuggets article.
Denver has a long history, not just with the Nuggets, of media slights but this was off-the-rails.
What’s beautiful about this Nuggets team is that the national media snub really doesn’t matter. The search for validation of this team is less than it’s ever been. We know that the Nuggets are good, we really don’t need that confirmed by ESPN or any other national outlet.
In fact, it was almost fun watching Byron Scott screaming about LeBron in LA while the Lakers were down 20.
That touches on another “feeling” about Sunday night’s game: Did anyone in Nuggets Nation honestly fear the LeBron-led Lakers? If anything, they’ve got to be concerned with us, the entire West should be concerned with us.
Not-for-nothing, the Nuggets also blew-out the Lakers even with LeBron coming back in the second quarter to try and right the Laker ship. ESPN couldn’t do anything about that.