So, LeBron James was all up in the face of a PA announcer during a high school summer tournament game involving son Bronny.
Bad look for the Lakers star, or great Dad move?
If you haven’t sampled an elite-level high school basketball summer tournament, well, it’s a bit different from the standard, regular-season high school game.
The public address announcers frequently believe their role to be more than just documenting the action – they feel they must provide entertainment, too.
In this case, it would appear that the eager announcer’s creativity wasn’t worth the trouble it caused.
Bronny’s Strive for Greatness team was playing Wildcat Select during the three-day tourney called, “The Battle: Summer Showcase.” And this game was held at St. Vincent-St. Mary High — at the LeBron James Arena.
In short, the PA guy opined on Saturday that Bronny was the beneficiary of an official’s foul call largely because the game was played on a court named for LeBron, who immediately objected.
“The incident happened in the final minutes of Wildcat Select’s 73-69 overtime victory. With Wildcat Select leading 67-62, James stood up from his seat near the baseline to yell at the PA announcer who was sitting at midcourt.
“After an exchange of words, James walked past a barrier and onto the court to confront the announcer face-to-face. Gameplay halted for a moment as James had his say before returning to his seat.”
Technically, the PA announcer should stick to the straight stuff. It’s not only the crowd and players listening; it’s the game officials, too.
From a promotional standpoint, though, it makes sense to stray a little outside the box – the question is whether this was a journey too far outside that box.
Tough to blame LeBron for defending his kid.