Fans are outraged with Lakers rookie for not reading the room after Nuggets loss

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The Los Angeles Lakers lost the most backbreaking game imaginable on Monday night against the Denver Nuggets. After leading for most of the way and looking like the better team to start the game, the Lakers squandered a big lead and ultimately fell victim to a Jamal Murray game-winning shot at the buzzer.

The Nuggets are already an extremely hard team to beat and after losing Game 2, it may seem like an insurmountable challenge for the Lake Show. Los Angeles threw everything it had at Denver on Monday and it still was not enough. Now, the Lakers have to beat the team that has won 10 games in a row against them four times in the next six games.

The temperature of the room is not great right now as it is hard to find optimism around the purple and gold. Not everyone seems to realize that, though, as rookie second-round pick Maxwell Lewis made the grave mistake of liking the NBA's Instagram post about Murray's game-winner.

That may seem like a small, innocuous thing but Lakers fans have definitely taken notice and they are not happy about Lewis' inability to read the room.

Lakers fans are not happy with Maxwell Lewis after Nuggets loss

There might be some casual Lakers fans who have the exact same response to this Maxwell Lewis story: "who?". Lewis definitely is not a household name as he played just 104 total minutes for the Lakers across the 2023-24 season.

Los Angeles selected Lewis in the second round of the 2023 NBA Draft from Pepperdine, which also isn't a juggernaut college program that turns prospects into household names. If it was not for the Lakers' laundry list of injuries this season, Lewis probably would not have even seen the floor.

But alas, he is already upsetting Lakers fans by not reading the room. In reality, this was probably just a mistake by Lewis as he was mindlessly scrolling social media like we all do. But as a professional athlete who plays for a team with a feverish fanbase, you have to keep your guard up.

Lakers fans who are upset with Lewis will have to get over it as he is going to be with the team for at least one more year. Lewis is under contract next season and then has a partially guaranteed salary for the 2025-26 season and a club option for the 2026-27 season. There is a real chance he remains a cheap depth option for another three years.

In a perfect world, Lewis would be another in-house success where the Lakers can develop him into a legitimate rotation player. Unlike fan favorites Alex Caruso and Austin Reaves, however, Lewis is now working from behind.