Lakers center Anthony Davis received some criticism over his body language during Tuesday night’s loss.
Even when Davis’ teammate LeBron James hit a faded jump shot to take the top spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, the center still didn’t show much emotion.
«It’s all about the game,» Davis said after the Lakers’ 115-106 loss to the Bucks on Thursday.
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The eight-time All-Star added that his disposition on the bench was strictly about the Lakers’ ongoing struggles and nothing to do with James’ record-breaking night.
«I mean, we’re losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder, a game we needed,» Davis added. «And he was mad that we were losing. It’s that simple. It has nothing to do with Bron. He knows that. Everyone else is out there watching, that’s his opinion. But he was mad that we were losing the game.» .»
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Several videos showed Davis sitting on the bench moments after James scored his 38,888 point to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
A photo showed several Lakers players standing and celebrating moments after James accomplished the feat, while Davis was seen sitting on the bench with an unhappy expression.
Davis also mentioned that the record shot occurred shortly after he returned to the bench from his brief trip to the tunnel. He added that he didn’t know James was preparing to make history at the exact moment he did.
According to ESPN, Davis apologized to James over the phone and in person during a team tour before the Lakers’ game against the Bucks.
At one point during Tuesday’s game, James was heard telling Davis: «I love you. I’ll just let you know that I love you, brother. That’s all I want you to know.»
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Davis told reporters that he felt bad that the way his body language was interpreted took away from James’ celebration.
James was accompanied by his mother, Gloria; his wife, savannah; and his three children, Bronny, Bryce and Zhuri, during a second on-court ceremony Thursday.
Abdul-Jabbar was present on Tuesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, Abdul-Jabbar blamed himself for the rocky relationship he and James have had over the years.
During a pregame news conference on Thursday, Abdul-Jabbar said he is «hoping» to build a better relationship with James.
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The Hall of Famer also praised James for his dominance on the court.
«I think the different eras of the game, the addition of the clock and finally the 3-point shot, the game has had eras. And LeBron, without a doubt, is the greatest player of his era,» Abdul-Jabbar said. «That era is right behind Shaquille’s. [O’Neal] and Michael Jordan,» Abdul-Jabbar said.