Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James knows exactly what Orlando Magic combo guard Michael Carter-Williams is all about.
During Saturday's scrimmage between the Lakers and Magic, LeBron was clearly heard calling out Carter-Williams' style of play on offense:
LeBron is basically calling out Michael Carter Williams to his teammates and MCW can clearly hear it. "He's all drive, no shoot. No. 7 is all drive." #Lakers #Magic #NBABubble
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) July 25, 2020
On top of the subtle disrespect by not calling Carter-Williams by name (granted saying “Number seven” is much faster on the court than “Carter-Williams”), the fact that LeBron knew exactly what kind of a player he's going up against shows both how much of a student of the game he is, as well as how predictable of a player MCW is.
Carter-Williams shot only 29.4 percent from three-point range throughout the season prior to the stoppage. That was the highest percentage he has ever shot from long range in his career.
This is one of the unique aspects of playing in the bubble with no fans. Without the added sound of fans, the TV audience will be able to hear everything that is said on the court between the players, which will no doubt include a lot of trash talk, especially during the playoffs.
While it has not happened yet during the NBA restart, there has already been one instance of a player being caught cursing during a broadcast due to the lack of fans in the MLB during their restart this weekend.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson was heard yelling “Get over, Get over! F–!” on a ground ball, urging it foul. Before the opening of the NBA bubble, commissioner Adam Silver already hinted at the idea of a need for a delay on the broadcasts in order to catch any foul language, knowing that players talk in a certain way on the court when they know nobody can hear them.
“I think often players, they understand when they're on the floor, they're saying certain things to each other because it's so loud in the arena, they know a lot of it is not being picked up. They may have to adapt their language a little bit knowing what they say will likely be picked up by microphones and in all seriousness, we may need to put a little bit of a delay.”
There has been no indication of whether live games will be on a delay or not.