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.