Defense in the NBA has often been criticized in the 21st century as strict, lame, and even nonexistent, but Thursday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets took things to new heights.
The Lakers ended up taking the 126-111 loss, but they didn't go down without delivering a hilarious message to the referees.
In protest of what LA believed to be very poor officiating in favor of Houston, the players decided to play defense with their hands behind their backs.
This is the correct way to play defense against the Rockets. *LeBron... good D over there.* pic.twitter.com/qVz2oodZuo— (17-11) (@nvtemom) December 14, 2018
“You can’t touch them,” Lonzo Ball said.
Asked several people in the Lakers locker room about if they were making a point when players were defending Harden and CP3 with their hands behind their back. Kyle Kuzma : "I wouldn't say making a point, but to defend them, you just can't touch em. Just trying not to touch em."— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) December 14, 2018