Prior to Tuesday night’s Lakers–Grizzlies showdown in the NBA’s In-Season Tournament, the Lakers’ social media team shared a video of star LeBron James testing the new home court at Crypto.com Arena.
James is seen in the clip testing the new floor by squeaking his sneakers on the hardcourt for 56 seconds.
The court features a vibrant purple stripe highlighting the middle of the court while the remainder of the hardwood floor colored in yellow.
56 seconds of LeBron testing the squeaks of the court pic.twitter.com/75qwQNZhVu
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 15, 2023
While it looked like NBA’s all-time leading scorer was testing out the squeakiness of the new court, what he was really focused on was how his shoes were gripping the new surface. When the soles grip well, they squeak. If they fail to make the noise, players may slip and fall more easily.
While many NBA fans found James’ actions to be astute, others simply found the squeak test to be maniacally comical.
See now that’s smart by James here. He is checking for slippery spots, mainly because sometimes those special floors have spots that trip guys up. https://t.co/LAiMB74kmw
— Hubie Talks Hoops (@HubieTalksHoops) November 15, 2023
LeBron is so funny without even trying to be … idk why this is hilarious 😂🤣🤣 https://t.co/unYBp9ItcF
— Raquel 🏾 (@SOULbeautifulme) November 15, 2023
Brand new court…gotta test that thang out lol…the 👑 breaking it in for his teammates…🤣 https://t.co/fY71BUORnK
— 💜💛 Krazeness 💜💛 (@Krazeness) November 15, 2023
— Hub (@KenHeLive) November 15, 2023
— New Dawn (@imageofanewdawn) November 15, 2023
I would pay $1000 to know what’s going through his brain right now 😂💜💛 https://t.co/FaA2RtTq6J
— ╰☆☆ ʲẸ𝓷ᑎ𝕚 ☆☆╮ (@BrowBron_) November 15, 2023
love the sound of good sneakers on a clean court. https://t.co/7dY5wHdE8L
— Darius Soriano (@forumbluegold) November 15, 2023
My new favorite video on the internet. https://t.co/o96wBG7E4H
— Brian Ferguson (@the_BrianFerg) November 15, 2023