The Los Angeles Lakers made easy work of the New York Knicks on Tuesday night at the Staples Center even without superstar forward Anthony Davis, who went down with a back injury in the second half. LeBron James and company cruised to victory, 117-87. Despite the Davis' injury being a sour ending to tonight's game against the Knicks, there was one big highlight from fan favorite, Alex Caruso. The Lakers guard threw down a reserve slam, which got everyone on their feet at the Staples Center and prompted another headband gesture, which fans have been wondering the meaning of.
After the game, Alex Caruso gave a little insight into why he and some of his Lakers teammates that wear headbands make the gesture after big plays.
“It’s not a pop,” Caruso said of the headband motion after highlights.”It’s just a symbol that it’s there…Just acknowledging. It’s got superpowers. Me and JaVale talked about it. It’s got powers. See the bench. Everybody does it. It’s going to be our thing for a little bit.”
Along with Caruso and teammates like JaVale McGee, Jared Dudley, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope having a new celebratory move for the superpowers provided by their headbands, the Lakers guard has a new tweak to his handshake with Dwight Howard which now includes eagle wings.
“It’s a pretty badass bird,” Caruso said.
Ironically enough, Caruso's reverse dunk was the only time he scored against the Knicks on Tuesday. He played 15 minutes going 1-for-4 from the field.
Even though Caruso's impact wasn't felt on the stat sheet against the Knicks, the Lakers were still about to come out with the easy win over the struggling New York franchise, which was Los Angeles' sixth straight victory.