LeBron James is currently in the unfamiliar position of sitting at home (or in Cancun), watching the first round of the NBA playoffs. He’s still finding ways to haunt teams.
Since the Los Angeles Lakers missed the postseason, their star has been tweeting about the playoffs like all the rest of us. However, some ill-timed tweets of praise currently have him holding the title of the NBA’s biggest jinx.
James’ curse hit its apex on Thursday when the No. 7-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves were steamrolling the No. 2-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. Timberwolves guard Patrick Beverley made a layup to push his team’s lead to 49-28 with 6:20 left in the second quarter, inspiring James to post this:
The Timberwolves would score one more time in the quarter as the Grizzlies cut their lead to double digits. The Grizzlies would eventually win 104-95 thanks to a 23-0 run in the third and fourth quarters.
Look further in James’ timeline and you’ll find this praise for Kyrie Irving, his former teammate with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
That came while the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics were locked in a classic to open their highly anticipated first-round series. The game ended with some heroics from Jayson Tatum, and the Celtics have since won Game 2 to take an imposing 2-0 series lead.
Another jinx came during the play-in tournament, when the Los Angeles Clippers held a sizable lead over the New Orleans Pelicans after coming back from a slow start. Plenty were singing the praises of James’ old coach Tyronn Lue, including James himself.