After watching his team blow the Los Angeles Laker away on their home floor on Tuesday, Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone was in the mood to troll.
The coach, feeling pretty good after a convincing 117-85 win over a LeBon-led Lakers side, made a hilarious swipe at bandwagon fans.
Traveling fans who go to Denver to support their teams will obviously cheer them on. And Malone has no problems with that as long as they leave the Pepsi Center unhappy and "take that L on the way out". Yes... he really said that.
"You're either with us or you're against us," he told reporters after Tuesday's showdown.
"LeBron is arguably the best player ever. When he comes to town, the Lakers and their fans carry. As long as their fans go home disappointed, that's all I care about. The Warrior fans can come in here, the Celtic fans can come in here. The Laker fans can come in here. But take that L on the way out."
Malone wasn't whistling Dixie there; the coach has every reason to feel such confidence over the Nuggets' home comforts, with his side having dispatched the opposing trio of teams on their turf this season.
The side did lose to the Lakers at the Staples Center last month, but they have responded by thrashing Luke Walton's men, holding them to 5 of 35 shooting from beyond the arc. They also managed to limit LeBron to a season-low 14 points.
Starting point guard Gary Harris was absent on the night due to ankle soreness but Jamal Murray, Malik Beasley, and Paul Millsap kept things together, scoring 20 points each
Michael Malone on the Laker fans in the crowd tonight: “You’re either with us or against us. The Warrior fans can come in here, the Celtic fans can come in here. The Laker fans can come in here. But take that L on the way out.” pic.twitter.com/6mjnNZ0nxW— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) November 28, 2018
What This Means
Malone's comments are unlikely to sit well with fans of the Warriors, Lakers, or Celtics. But the Nuggets really have been walking the walk.
His side is third in the Western Conference standings with a 14-7 record, just .5 games behind the Dubs. So it's up to visiting challengers to show him up now (if they can).