Video posted to social media showed James on the bench resting while Payne was in the game. Payne had been trash-talking his Lakers opponents all night — and for good reason. Phoenix was up by as many as 32 points at one point, forced 16 Lakers turnovers and eventually dropped Los Angeles to 0-2.
Regardless, James was yelling at Payne to “stay humble.”
“C’mon now. You was at home a year and a half ago. Now you wanna pop off?” James said.
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Payne registered four points, four rebounds and three assists in the win.
While James finished with 25 points in the loss, it was a rough night for the Lakers all around. The game saw Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard get into an altercation with each other while Rajon Rondo got into it with a fan on the sidelines.
While Rondo didn’t speak on the incident after the game, Davis and Howard insisted whatever was going on between them was over.
“When you’re getting you’re a– kicked, sometimes those conversations get heated … I’d rather our guys care than not care,” Vogel said after the game.