Mike Malone only allowed Team LeBron to watch J. Cole’s halftime concert at the NBA All-Star Game on one condition.
Lakers star LeBron James asked Malone if his team could watch the show at the break. Malone jokingly agreed to allow it if the team picked up its defensive effort, according to ESPN.
“I’ll let you go watch the J. Cole concert if you all get your a— back on transition (in the second half),” Malone said, via ESPN.
Team LeBron trailed by 13 at the half in the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday. But it pulled off an impressive comeback to claim a 178-164 victory.
James made an NBA-record 15th consecutive All-Star game start, so he’s very familiar with the lackluster defense that has become common in the contest.
Malone, the head coach of the Nuggets, is a first-time All-Star coach and his team got the result it wanted at the final buzzer.