Adin Ross tried to impersonate Austin Reaves. The popular streamer was caught on camera telling security he was the LA Lakers star, as he attempted to enter the VIP car park at the Kaseya Center when the Lakers played the Miami Heat on Monday.
Security didn't appear to be convinced, though, as they told him he wasn't on the list and turned him away. As such, some fans suggested Ross may have been better off pretending to be someone else.
Reaves, 25, is entering his third year with the Lakers. He's also one of the most popular players on the roster due to his likable personality, reliable performances, and, of course, him being falsely linked with Taylor Swift throughout the summer. As such, Ross was unlikely to ever succeed in pretending to be the star wing.
The Lakers had a tough night in Miami. The Western Conference franchise lost to the Heat 108-107. Despite having LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the court, the Lakers surprisingly lost the rebounding battle, securing just 38 boards throughout the contest compared to the Heat's 44.
Los Angeles has now lost four of its first seven games this season, which isn't the start Rob Pelinka would have envisioned when he spent the summer re-tooling the roster to build a contending team.
Austin Reaves wants to win a trophy with the LA Lakers
Shortly before the new NBA season began, Austin Reaves launched his Rigorer AR1 ‘Showtime’ shoes exclusively through KICKS CREW and Rigorer. Reaves has enjoyed a meteoric rise since entering the NBA, and his new sneaker line marks another step on his path to stardom.
In a press release regarding his new sneaker range, Reaves discussed his busy summer schedule, and his goals for the Lakers in the coming years. The third-year wing recently signed a four-year deal to remain with the Purple and Gold, worth $53.8 million.
"This summer has just been absolutely surreal for me," Reaves said. "Everything has been amazing, from signing long-term with the Lakers to playing in the FIBA World Cup and my shoes selling out in minutes. ...
"But now my focus is strictly on the Lakers and making sure I do whatever I can to bring that championship trophy back to Los Angeles, and this shoe is a reflection of that goal and my journey with the organization."
Reaves has enjoyed a strong start to the new season and is firmly a part of the Lakers starting rotation. However, if Reaves and the Lakers have their eyes on this years championship, they will need to improve their production level as the season continues.